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Is there, conceivably, an absolute test by which we may say "X is sentient and Y is not"? Or are there varying degrees of sentience which blur into each other?

Some quantum consciousness proponents suggest that any animal that dreams is conscious. I am not sure why they think this, but I kind of like the idea.

I'd like to talk about dreams and what they mean about the nature of consciousness (as opposed to their symbolism and stuff), but don't know the appropriate forum. On these message boards I have to defend every single niggling point by people who attack me almost reflexively (and I'm not referring to you, Kazim). Maybe its my fault this has happened. But it would be nice to have a discussion where I could take a chance and say something that might be silly and not have to worry about somebody trashing me for it.
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