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  1. Can. They can be aliens. They can be fish. Or maybe there aren't any rocks at all. Thousands of such assumptions can be made, and all of them will be completely meaningless without a way to distinguish whether you are in a world where stones have consciousness or in one where they do not.

    By the way, I have such a method. I determine the presence of consciousness if possible for a certain type of interaction – I can interact with a person in this way. The Stones have never shown me such abilities. Output? We can assume that they have no consciousness. If they want me to think otherwise, they'll find a way to tell me.

  2. The question contains two questionable statements “They accumulate a certain amount of energy” – Which one? “…it [energy] can be aware of itself” – what makes you think that energy can be aware of itself?

    The very meaning of the word “consciousness” is a matter of dispute. Try to define it clearly. It is also not obvious whether animals and birds have it. It seems that in relation to some species, we can say that they have some signs of having consciousness.

    Human consciousness is the result of the most complex brain. What does the same job do in stone? In a sense, a “thinking stone” can be considered the central processor of a computer, but certainly not a cobblestone under your feet.

    Consciousness, thinking do not exist separately, by themselves, do not exist aimlessly. Consciousness implies perception of the surrounding reality, “input of information”, the ability to see and hear. Otherwise, where do you get food for thought? Also, the product of this reflection should lead to some actions. Otherwise, what is its meaning? Can this be applied to any subject?

  3. Evolution presupposes the development of consciousness

    And human consciousness is neither the beginning nor the end of its evolutionary improvement..�

    Both the animal world and the plant world have consciousness�

    Mineral water is no exception.�

    And the whole difference is in the level of consciousness

  4. For simplicity, we equate consciousness with intelligence. Today, we know only intelligent living beings who are intelligent enough to be self-aware and capable of leading a life based at least partially on freedom of choice. These are mostly humans and other primates, but a number of mammals and birds, such as crows and ravens, can be added here. An alternative option is artificial intelligence.�

    However, there is a problem – no one can clearly and unambiguously define the concepts of “consciousness”and ” intelligence”. If I could, we would have already built a strong AI. But no. We don't even know which way to move on this issue in order to come to the right decision in the end. This is a question at the intersection of biology, mathematics, philosophy and psychology. So far, it's too complicated for a human. As a result, now self-awareness and intelligence are considered derivatives of the work of neural networks, whether it is the brain of a living being or a computer program that imitates it. We don't know any other ways yet. Some scientists emphasize that the structure does not necessarily strictly provide functions, i.e. to get consciousness, it is not necessary to try to repeat the structure of the human brain. It is possible that something fundamentally different in structure will also ensure the existence of consciousness in the course of its work, but they have no idea what exactly. Therefore, maybe consciousness can exist on a carrier like a certain bundle of energy, or maybe not? Our science has not yet progressed that far. From the point of view of what we know now, a stone is just a cobblestone that cannot have consciousness and free will, because its structure is too primitive and plastic for this.

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