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At what point is consciousness?

Earth, A.D. 2050 — A view from the future...

If observation can influence the physical, what constitutes "observation?"

At what degree of consciousness does an "observer" become so — able to witness quantum reality, and make it behave in a determinate manner?

On Earth, only humans have developed apparati capable of measuring such effects.

But, the apparati set up, who may observe the quantum occasion with a degree of awareness that would constitute "observation," and be able to make the status of a particle/wave "decide itself?"

Human chauvinism, speciesism, has long made us believe that we alone are conscious — different by type, not only by degree. Clearly, this is prejudiced.

But the idea that consciousness affects reality seems to imply the existence of a threshold.

At what point is consciousness?