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'''SOPHONT''': A generalized term for an intelligent [[lifeform]] and [[technology]]-using being ['''N'''ative '''I'''ntelligent '''L'''ife ([[NIL]])] or [[Sapient]], including humans as well as intelligent aliens, that have a significant interstellar presence within [[Charted Space]].
 
'''SOPHONT''': A generalized term for an intelligent [[lifeform]] and [[technology]]-using being ['''N'''ative '''I'''ntelligent '''L'''ife ([[NIL]])] or [[Sapient]], including humans as well as intelligent aliens, that have a significant interstellar presence within [[Charted Space]].
 
* The number of [[sophont]]s which have been contacted is quite high; the Imperium boasts more than a hundred; [[Charted Space]] boasts more than four hundred.
 
* The number of [[sophont]]s which have been contacted is quite high; the Imperium boasts more than a hundred; [[Charted Space]] boasts more than four hundred.
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* Technology builds on the successes of earlier tool-making experiences, and enables a progression to ever-higher levels.
 
* Technology builds on the successes of earlier tool-making experiences, and enables a progression to ever-higher levels.
 
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* [[Charted Space]]
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** [[Major Race]]
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** [[Minor Race]]
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* [[Life]] & [[Sophonce]]
 
** [[Extilligence]]
 
** [[Extilligence]]
 
** [[Hosking Rating]]
 
** [[Hosking Rating]]
 
** [[Intelligence]]
 
** [[Intelligence]]
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** [[Language]]
 
** [[Sapient]]  
 
** [[Sapient]]  
 
** [[Sentient]]  
 
** [[Sentient]]  
 
** [[Stimulus]]
 
** [[Stimulus]]
* [[Charted Space]]
 
** [[Major Race]]
 
** [[:Category:Minor Race|Minor Race]]
 
 
* [[Sophontology]]
 
* [[Sophontology]]
 
** [[Civilization]]
 
** [[Civilization]]
 
** [[Culture]]
 
** [[Culture]]
 
** [[First Contact]]
 
** [[First Contact]]
** [[Language]]
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** [[Found Tool]]
 
** [[NIL]]
 
** [[NIL]]
 
** [[Proto-Sophont]]
 
** [[Proto-Sophont]]
 
** [[Sophontologist]]
 
** [[Sophontologist]]
 
** [[Technology]]
 
** [[Technology]]
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SOPHONT: A generalized term for an intelligent lifeform and technology-using being [Native Intelligent Life (NIL)] or Sapient, including humans as well as intelligent aliens, that have a significant interstellar presence within Charted Space.

  • The number of sophonts which have been contacted is quite high; the Imperium boasts more than a hundred; Charted Space boasts more than four hundred.
  • Tools are used to adapt, change, or control an environment. Tool-using cultures are groups of beings (not necessarily sophonts) with the ability to find or make tools.
  • But, using tools is not enough: Technology is the ability to use tools to make other tools. Only when societies make the leap to using tools to make tools do they become technological.
  • Technology builds on the successes of earlier tool-making experiences, and enables a progression to ever-higher levels.

Please see the following AAB Library Data articles for related data:


Etymology

Derived from the Terran Greek word Sophia, meaning wisdom.

Description (Specifications)

A Sophont is a member of a species (race) generally recognized as sapient that has achieved a presence on an interstellar scale.

  • Sophonts are consistently described with a long name in the format “the [race name] of [homeworld]”. For example, the Llellewyoly of Junidy.

Alternate Terminology

A number of other terms exist amongst the many sophont species of Charted Space for technology-using beings including:

Cycle of Life & Sophontic Civilization

Stages:

  1. A-life
  2. Proto-Life (transitory stage)
  3. Creatures
  4. Proto-Sophonts (transitory stage)
  5. Sophonts
  6. Transcendents (transitory stage)
  7. Ascendants
  8. Singularity

History & Background (Dossier)

Remarks: Any intelligent species. Sophont is preferred to Sapient, although the two terms are roughly synonymous. The IISS assumes a vague hierarchy in which sapient is inferior to sophont (roughly, sapients as a species have not left their homeworld, and sophonts are present in interstellar society).

  • Sentient technically means “feeling” and should not be used to describe an intelligent species.
  • Sophont encompasses all intelligent species.
  • The study of sophonts or intelligent life forms is sophontology; some older IISS materials used xenology, or even xenoanthropology, but sophontology is preferred.

Sophont Species Listing

Please see the following AAB article for a list of known sophont species: Races/summary.

Academic Sophont Sources

Some of the best guides to studying sophonts in Charted Space include:

References & Contributors (Sources)

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.