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. His understanding of the mystical life is rooted in close to 40 years of study, practice, unfoldment, realization and experience, in the course of which he has received the gifts of spiritual discernment and transmission. His teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in a student through the process and alchemy of mystical transformation.   Marc facilitates the mystical teachings under the style of Contemplative Pathways. He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by learning and understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles. He has been conducting classes and meditation meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years in a classroom, lecture, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting.   His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure authentic mysticism. His approach to the mystical life is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, spiritually transreligious, and definitively unitive and nondualistic. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring and spiritual healing practice.   Within the context of the great shift in consciousness now occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work presently focuses on individual and collective spiritual transformation and healing. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness.   Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination.  
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