Maybe we can start with thinking about Dr. Harris’s peaks and valleys. To remind, we may not be able to imagine circumstances that would be the peaks and the valleys but we can at least rate things above or below each other. So with our full capabilities a person imagines the best scenario they can, as well as the worst. Lets say a bird does the same. Clearly our range is much more vast but this suggests that there is a blurred line holding our individual limits of experience. So if scenarios appeared to both the human and the bird, even worse than we both individually imagined, but still falling within our capabilities of mind, then the worst situations for the bird and us would be different but still the most terrible things that could befall us.
What I’m getting to is that the worst possible moments for the bird are synonymous with the worst possible experiences for us (although these situations are very different and much atrocious for us only because we are lucid enough to have the experience), no matter the differences in the ranges between the bird and a human, certain situations are still the worst (or best) for our complexities limits.
How can we designate which conscious beings are more important based upon their range of experience? If it were to evolve later on then it would set the new peaks and valleys with its new insight. This doesn’t mean that its previous peaks weren’t actually peaks, but that the peaks are evolving harmonious to our complexity and imagination. The moment the being can imagine more its more complicated, and a new limit is set, both more wondrous and horrendous. Right?