Reading about the idea that consciousness has a cellular basis and is a part of all life in some token.
“The difficulty lies in that top-down perspective and has led to a fundamental “category error.” Human consciousness is widely viewed as a separate type of mentation and not, as we maintain, a token on a continuum of sentience. It also has caused misunderstandings and problems in the current attempts to explore the cognitive behavior in bacteria, protozoa, slime molds, and plants which, we maintain, is based on cellular consciousness. Core mental processes, like agency based on learning, memory, cognition, and decision-making, were viewed as essentially human faculties and only grudgingly granted to other species when the data were overwhelming. In fact, early attempts to expand these basic, fundamental biological concepts to other species were dismissed as anthropomorphic fallacies .
Our argument is that human consciousness needs to be viewed within an evolutionary context where, over geologic time, a vast array of forms of minds emerged, each adaptive in the environment within which it existed. “