Write4U replied to the topic universal consciousness vs. individual consciousness in the forum Religion and Secularism 1 day, 15 hours ago
All great apes apart from man have 24 pairs of chromosomes. There is therefore a hypothesis that the common ancestor of all great apes had 24 pairs of chromosomes and that the fusion of two of the ancestor’s chromosomes created chromosome 2 in humans. The evidence for this hypothesis is very strong.
This may further suggest that mutation in even simple organisms can evolve and enable to display a “proto-consciousness” or a “phyisical response mechanism” to exterior stimuli.
Example can be found in several very old species of ocean slug, which have remarkably evolved brains and information processing powers.
The key-word in all conscious and intelligent organisms is contained in the concept of relatively “specialized neural processing powers”.
These evolved ocean slugs are the cephelapods like Octopus and Cuttlefish which have had a completely differently evolutionary path to a very complex brain and high IQ.
Why Study Cephalopods/Octopods?
Check it out! This amazingly intelligent creature is the closest we will every get to a completely alien intelligenge.
Nervous system and behavior
Cephalopods are widely regarded as the most intelligent of the invertebrates, and have well developed senses and large brains (larger than those of gastropods). The nervous system of cephalopods is the most complex of the invertebrates and their brain-to-body-mass ratio falls between that of endothermic and ectothermic vertebrates.:14 Captive cephalopods have also been known to climb out of their aquaria, maneuver a distance of the lab floor, enter another aquarium to feed on the crabs, and return to their own aquarium.
Cephalopods are thought to be unable to live in freshwater due to multiple biochemical constraints, and in their +400 million year existence have never ventured into fully freshwater habitats.