I can't imagine a cell not having some residual (un)consciousness. Life started with single cells. Those cells came together in times of scarcity then separated in times of abundance. Eventually they stayed together. Eventually they differentiated functions, and eventually they became, well, us. To square this off with us being conscious, I think we must assume that cells have residual consciousness . . . that somehow melds into the whole. Else it seems one has to assume meat puppets grew without consciousness till at a certain point they were suddenly endowed with it.