Are genes self-aware?
Does anyone have an opinion on this question?
Let me explain my intention here. Let’s consider a moth whose wings resemble tree bark. This moth knows instinctively that these wings provide camouflage, and that hanging out motionless on trees will increase its chance of survival. Now, the moth made no conscious decision to have bark-like wings. It was not logic or ingenuity or deliberate choice on the part of the moth that made this so. Yet it is so. Why?
I’m not a scientist, but I assume it is because of genetics. In fact, I’m damn near certain it is. So if genes direct the life form (the moth) to have wings that resemble bark, and gives it a preference for lying motionless, and also provides the instincts to know that it is safer resting on trees rather than on moss covered rocks, doesn’t that imply that the genes are somehow self-aware?
If a gene is going to create a wing that resembles bark in the presence of visible light, doesn’t the gene have to understand that 1.) light exists, 2.) that other creatures use light to see objects, navigate through the world, and to find food, 3.) that by manipulating matter (the wings) to resemble an inanimate object (the bark), that it will increase its chance of survival? In order for it to make these choices/adaptations, doesn’t that imply that, to some degree, it is self-aware?
To me that sounds logical and yet completely implausible. So can anyone here tell me how genes seem to know these things? Is all this intention, or mere coincidence? Is it possible that they have a certain amount of self-awareness, or something equivalent to self-awareness?