van Hateren, J. H. (2016) Insects have agency but probably not sentience because they lack social bonding. Animal Sentience 9(3)
Colin Klein and Andrew B. Barron, Insects have the capacity for subjective experience
Klein & Barron (2016) argue that insects have sentience because of functional similarities between the insect brain and vertebrate midbrain. Based on a recent theory of agency and consciousness, I argue that the functional similarities merely point to an advanced form of agency. Insects presumably lack the capacity for social bonding that may be required for subjective experiencing.