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Whether a worm is conscious or not (perhaps a better term would be "sentient") might actually be open to some interpretation. Would you consider rats or dogs to be sentient? they both seem quite intelligent at times.

i dunno bout rats. Possibly. Dogs definitely. They have internal lives: they dream, mourn, love...

Is there, conceivably, an absolute test by which we may say "X is sentient and Y is not"? Or are there varying degrees of sentience which blur into each other?

I really don't know, and this I think is one of the more interesting questions.

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