[ExI] sentient, sapient, sophont

Michael M. Butler mmbutler at gmail.com
Tue Jun 5 21:19:07 UTC 2007

On 6/5/07, Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> "Sophont" is
> probably Poul Anderson's coinage, and an excellent one: a wise or
> thinking being. (Of course, sophistry also implies adulteration,
> twisty evasion and superficiality--very unfairly to the Sophists--and
> can thus also suitably shade the meaning of a word denoting us
> Machiavellian intelligences.)

Yes, I like "sophont" -- "sophomoront" being the obvious extension to
apply to most humans, most of the time (I do not exclude myself)...

      Michael M. Butler  :  m m b u t l e r  ( a t )  g m a i l . c o m

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