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I don’t think that humans have a monopoly on consciousness. All living things including other apes, dogs, bugs and trees have some as well. It is only a question of level of awareness. At the bottom of the pyramid is basic matter like stones which have existence but not consciousness, higher up comes simple life which has awareness but not self awareness, higher still comes beings with self awareness, higher still comes beings with an awareness that the…