"Sentience is the capacity to feel, perceive or experience subjectively. Eighteenth-century philosophers used the concept to distinguish the ability to think (reason) from the ability to feel (sentience). In modern Western philosophy, sentience is the ability to experience sensations (known in philosophy of mind as "qualia"). In Eastern philosophy, sentience is a metaphysical quality of all things that require respect and care. The concept is central to the philosophy of animal rights because sentience is necessary for the ability to suffer, and thus is held to confer certain rights."
IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THIS IS THE SECRET OF LIFE.
Einstein discovered secrets of the universe by asking the most simple questions possible, such as what does it mean for two things to happen simultaneously.
I call the collection of photographs I have made "The Hidden World of the Nearby." It has always stuck me that that which is nearest us is the least visible. Sentience is as close to us as you can get (combined with consciousness), yet we hardly ever question what it is.
Visual sentience is the world we experience through our eyes. It is created by our brains from two very small, upside down images on our retinas, yet from it we synthesize reality: every color, texture, distance, object within our field of vision. It seems to me to be a miracle and possibly the reason for our existence, or rather, it is our existance. It matters not how our experience was created. Only the experience matters and what we do as a result of the experience.