Consciousness does not require not self consciousness. Otherwise Zen masters who have realized that the self is an illusion and a cognitive construct and given up the notion of self would not be conscious. Insects have already figured that out.


On Dec 21, 2008, at 10:25 PM, Karin Machado wrote:

Edgar Owen All living organisms have intelligence necessary to survive within their particular environments. Otherwise they would have become extinct.>

Pure genetic programming which is the mindless robotic survival instinct of insects does NOT translate to sentient being.

Insects are not self-aware, therefore they are not sentient.

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