Loved this. I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and have been inspired by Don Hoffman’s work — his theory is that reality is a network of conscious agents, that consciousness is the primary material out of which all else arises — including space-time. So I’ve been thinking about what beings have consciousness, and agree with you that it really has to be everything. As a thought experiment, if humans have evolved from a very long line of ancestors, from primordial slime onwards, at what point in that evolution did we acquire consciousness? Might it make no sense for consciousness to suddenly arise when we moved from one step of the evolutionary ladder to one a micron higher up? So does that imply that we have had consciousness ever since we were slime? I think so.

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