Meaning does not necessarily entail any phenomenological consciousness, but consciousness might owe its emergence in part to meaning drawing it out.
There is meaning in life, at least in human life. Is there meaning in other life? I propose that there is but that–as is the case with consciousness–simpler organisms have simpler, prototypical features of meaning.
Whenever we notice a useful function–memory, vision, audition, emotion, language, abstraction–we should be immediately reminded that this function followed a long and wending path to be so ubiquitous that we notice it at all. Much has been said about the origins of these and each has sparked a