Originally Posted by Karpi
I believe though that in our world there is a difference between intelligence and sentience.
In our world, I believe only humans are sentient. The ability to create, and reason, and imagine, and innovate for no other reason that the fact that we can separates us.
Animals can be incredibly intelligent, and with their generally better senses and closer connection to their instincts, can do somethings humans only wish they could do. And they can be trained to do some really impressive tricks. However, animals only operate on a level in which they use their energies to satisfy their basic needs.
Even the smartest animals that exhibit tool use or even concepts like empathy are still limited. They don't spend time contemplating their existence or what happens after death for example.
Now POKEMON on the other hand, I believe CAN think like that.
While also having better instincts and senses than humans, they can still exhibit creativity and reason and imagination.
We've seen them be diplomatic with each other. We've seen them pull pranks on people. Seen them dream about their future. Get their feelings hurt when some human says something mean.
Some can straight up hold CONVERSATIONS with humans.