Sentient Beings

What makes a being sentient?   That
is a very interesting question, and any answer is bound to be fascinating.

PBS recently premiered a NOVA Nature documentary series titled “Inside Animal Minds.” The third segment of the series — “Who’s the Smartest?” — was particularly engaging and stimulating, as it tackled questions of intelligence, awareness, sense of self, introspection, feelings, emotions, and related other matters, that can be indubitable indicators of human-like sentience in certain animal species outside of the human species.

Indeed, human beings are not the only sentient beings on this planet apparently. Watch the video documentary and see for yourself. Note the portion showing the altruism of a Bonobo to a total stranger of its species. Tell us what you think about the documentary’s material by sharing your comments below.

Graphic image for PBS Inside Animal Minds 640x384.

Click on the image above to view the PBS NOVA documentary “How Smart Are Animals?”


A Postscript

Here is a noteworthy footnote to this blog:

An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are…

Click on the image below to read about the mentioned scientists’ Declaration.

Image of intelligent parrot.

Prominent scientists sign declaration
that animals have conscious awareness, just like us.

About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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