Any large system that has gained sentience but not sophonce as an emergent property

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This term is usually used for systems that to not normally evolve sentience, such as ecosystems, economical systems and electronic databases. To qualify as a sensestem, the system as a whole must show sentience, not merely contain sentient beings. Most known sensestems have evolved spontaneously, either when a system has gained a certain complexity through growth or else by some form of natural selection. Some sensestems are created by high transapient entities.

Sensestems usually possess some sense of self-preservation, and instinctively fight threats to their existence.

Examples of sensestems are the Deathjungle of Kalii, and the CIRaulance catalog.

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Text by Thorbørn Steen
Initially published on 01 June 2005.