Focal Range
One way of defining consciousness is as the ability to focus attention. Of course, my cat can focus her attention on her prey and my dog will focus his attention on whatever I command of him. But does their focus have agency?

Maybe intelligent consciousness requires not only focus, but a range of focal depth.

For humans, perhaps this focal range is so wide, that we've stumbled upon the self as a target of attention. Not only can we see the objects and beings around us, but we can begin to see us as separate from them. Of course, once the self is involved, we would rarely be inclined to focus on anything else.
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