Something very unique is happening within our biosphere – many things occur here that to the best of our knowledge don’t happen anywhere else in the universe.
But is that not a matter of local expression of universal potentials?
The Universe is responsible for creating Earth, but Earth is responsible for the incredible folds within folds of cumulative harmonic complex that she evolved.
Yes, but it seems that all expression of "communication" can be reduced to forms of "information sharing" via some method . Come to think of it gravity is a signature local information mechanism of all massive objects at universal scales, but also at nano scales where self-assembly of nano-molecules are just as prevalent as planetary systems. What is an atom, if not a planetary system. What are molecules if not shared atomic values.
IMO, the one great natural phenomenon is the carbon atom which lends itself to self-assembling complexity, from which biochemistry emerged (abiogenesis) and which found it’s own “language”.
But even biological languages are founded on wave functions and the wave function is ubiquitous throughout the universe.
Chaos theory addresses the “urge” (necessity) of forming emergent orderly patterns, which in turn dictate behaviors within those patterns.
Is self-reference not a form of internal conversation and if groups of patterns answer to the same forms of self-referential internal conversations, is it so special if they can act in groups and communicate via “quorum sensing”?
Quorum sensing does not need to be a result of consciousness, but it evidently it can evolve in complexity and sensitivity from which consciousness emerges as a natural survival mechanism . There are many life forms with degrees of consciousness, from mechanical touch sensitivity in the flagella of bacteria, to long range sonar in whales and dolphins. In the end everything can be explained by science, we’re just not yet learned enough to explain some of the very fundamentals.
But that makes it mysterious only to our conscious species?.. How about the octopus… they have been around a lot longer than humans ? …