Cofty, yes I understand what it is about and what it I is not.
My point in sharing that is how scientists address the question. Hopefully posters will read it and notice the scientists involved did not even include all living things in their statement because they found no evidence to say that a flower, for example, is conscious and aware.
If flowers aren’t conscious then certainly the dirt in which they grow is even less so.
All elements are different and have unique properties, but apparently as far as we know all sub-atomic particles, of which all atoms are comprised, are identical one to another.
In other words, a helium atom is different from an oxygen atom or a calcium atom. Yet they are all made of protons, neutrons, electrons which in turn are constructed of even smaller, more elementary particles: leptons, quarks, bosons and neutrinos.
All current evidence indicates they these sub-atomic and more fundamental quantum level particles are identical one to another (within their classification).
To paraphrase Gertrude Stein, “A quark is a quark is a quark.”