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This article was the Main Page Featured Article from 11 August 2012 to 25 August 2012.--Opark 77 (talk) 00:21, August 11, 2012 (UTC)

CapitalizationEdit

The word 'wight' should not be capitalised, as it is a pre-existing term (rather than a proper name, such as White Walkers). It is not capitalised in the books either.--Werthead (talk) 19:38, August 16, 2012 (UTC)

...oh. Should "Wildlings" be capitalized?--The Dragon Demands (talk) 19:47, August 16, 2012 (UTC)
That one's slightly more debatable, as it's not a standard word, but it's left uncapitalised on the HBO website, so I think we should follow them and leave it uncapitalised here as well.--Werthead (talk) 20:41, August 16, 2012 (UTC)

"Sapient" not "Sentient"Edit

How many times do I have to repeat myself on this? "Sentient" means "capable of sensing pain" - dogs are "sentient". Plants are not sentient. Arguably, insects might not be "sentient" but just following predetermined sets of behavior pattrns.

"Sapient" means human-level intelligence, i.e. capable of speaking.

The problem is that science fiction stories, particularly Star Trek, got it wrong and used "sentient" to describe alien races half a century ago....and subsequent science fiction just perpetuated the error by continuing to use "sentient".--The Dragon Demands (talk) 17:59, April 25, 2013 (UTC)


Sentient is still the proper word. Sentient means capable of sensing in general, not pain specifically, as well as the ability to be conscious, to be self aware. Yes, dogs are sentient.

Sapient implies a higher order of thought beyond that. Sentience is a prerequisite to sapience.

As the wights are essentially zombies, the question is first one of sentience. The question is whether or not they're even capable of thought on the level of a dog, or if they are more insect-like in that regard. It's actually pretty clear they're probably not sapient, but they may be sentient.

The problem has little to do with science fiction writers, but everything to do with your understanding of the words and the context in which they are used.JasonMF (talk) 09:23, June 10, 2013 (UTC)

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