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adjective: sentient
able to perceive or feel things.

Fungi are more closely related to animals than plants.
Fungi as articulating themselves using a chemical vocabulary. Chemical language.
Like plants, fungi can see colour across the spectrum using receptors sensitive to blue light – unlike plants, fungi also have opsins, the light-sensitive pigments presented in the rods and cones of animal eyes.
Fungi have no hands with which to manipulate the world, but with psilocybin as a chemical messenger, they could borrow a human body and use its brain and senses to think and speak through. 1

When and how did we decide who can feel?
Lichens are conscious sentient beings.
Fungi, algae move.

1. Sheldrake, Merlin. Entangled Life. Random House, 2020.