Compare to the Latin "Sapiens", for wise.
So a person not of the "Homo" family, who has a mind and self-consciousness, could reasonably be called "Sapient" or a "Sophont"For Instance, Vulcanis Sapiens - But they probably have their own names for themselves
The term "Sentient" refers to a creature that can feel subjectively. Arguably animals are Sentient without being Sapient.
(Note: I agree with this premise. cats and dogs I have known seem to feel emotions, but this is a subjective impression.)
However "Sentient" to denote a self-aware non-human is to common colloquial usage, so after pushing "Sophont" for a while I retreated back to it.
Jayphailey 23:53, December 28, 2009 (UTC)