Are Hurricanes Sentient?

Jim Mason
2 min readSep 30, 2022

Yes, but they are not self-aware

Photo by NASA on Unsplash

With Hurricane Ian in the news these days, it provides an interesting, albeit devastating, example of the differences between what we generally mean by “sentient”, “self-aware”, “conscious”, and “living”. It also illustrates what we consider to be an event or process that is worth giving a proper name for.

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Jim Mason

I study language, cognition, and humans as social animals. You can support me by joining Medium at https://jmason37-80878.medium.com/membership