Thoughts on the definitions of “life” and “sentience”

I’ve always wondered if it is our arrogance as a species that causes us to define sentience, thought, feeling, etc. only in terms of how we experience them ourselves.
I also wonder about our search for life outside of earth. The search seems to be limited to carbon based life forms that need water and breathe air similar to ours. Why do we place such limits on what is possible?
Do we really perceive ourselves as supreme, perfect, ideal? Do we really think there can be nothing that is not like us? Or does the idea of “otherness” terrify us to the extent that we cover our ears and pull a blanket over our heads and hum loudly?

Here’s the article that’s gotten me pondering today:

Do Plants Have Feelings?

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Posted on June 20, 2016, in faith journey, honesty, inspiration, just rambling, links, Monday Musings, what I believe, what I'm thinking. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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