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Perception puts the difference between Animals and inferior Beings.       §11. This faculty of Perception, seems to me to be that, which
puts the distinction betwixt the animal Kingdom, and the inferior parts of
Nature. For however Vegetables have, many of them, some degrees
of Motion, and upon the different application of other Bodies to
them, do very briskly alter their Figures and Motions, and so have
obtained the name of sensitive Plants, from a motion, which has some
resemblance to that, which in Animals follows upon Sensation: Yet,
I suppose, it is all bare Mechanism; and no otherwise produced,
than the turning of a wild Oat-beard, by the insinuation of the
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Particles of Moisture; or the short’ning of a Rope, by the affusion of
Water. All which is done without any Sensation in the Subject, or
the having or receiving any Ideas.
Locke Hum II, 9, §11, pp. 147-148