Nations Post is running an article by Joseph Brean about philosophical ideas put forward by Anne Foerst, a Lutheran Minister and Templeton award winner. Foerst is also the self-appointed "Theological Advisor" at MIT's AI Lab where she works with Rodney Brooks and other researchers. Foerst believes that "personhood is an ethical statement not an ontological one". Since any existing definition of personhood excludes some humans as well as non-human sentient beings, she proposes that the most important criteria are that a being believes itself to be a person and is treated as a person within its community. This allows humans, robots, and other intelligent beings to be considered as persons.