Daemian Lucifer wrote:A pet peeve has forced me to join just so I could point it out:The beginning should be non-sapient,not non-sentient.Babies are sentient,and thats a fact.Whether they are sapient is debatable.
Sentient: Having sense perception; conscious. Being aware of one's self.
Anyone who has studied developmental psychology (a fairly standard starter in psychology) can tell you that babies do not have self-awareness until roughly 12-24 months of age
and that there is a simple, repeatable test
that can be done to verify this and when it happens.
Sapient: Having great wisdom and discernment.
Hmm. This is somewhat debatable on the matter of whether instincts count as wisdom. Babies can be remarkably
skilled at manipulating parents through instinctive behavior. But I would say 'no' on that front, too. Despite talk of the 'wisdom of babes' they have no real cognitive abilities at the ages listed and are incapable of true formative thought.
As a side note, many science fiction authors have used 'sapient' in their works to mean 'derived from Homo Sapiens stock', which I would say most infants are.
But this is a colloquial definition.