We start with a system of Individuals, each One interacting with Others and affecting the system. No matter how You break it down, that is the playing field of Consciousness. The result is the sum of the integral input.
A scary field of research is the mixing animals and humans. A field the military is very interested in. They dream of soldiers with the eagle eyes, the dog’s nose and the bear’s strength. Much of this research is already dangerously far towards reality, while we all sit quietly and let it happen.