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.