Brief and simplified suggestion to complement the on going exploration https://physicsworld.com/a/do-quantum-effects-play-a-role-in-consciousness. And to strengthen and safeguard the scientific and naturalness-spiritual or epistemology and ontology quests:
Sentient are products of nature. And therefore, contain the essence of nature or in philosophical terms:
"The Essence of Nature is Everywhere and in Everything"
"Consciousness is Everywhere but not in Everything" - consciousness here is nature or the greater whole consciousness.
Since the essence of nature arise from spectra-field, which implied among others electromagnetics, which implied sources of light. And therefore, since sentient are of spectra-field or of essence of nature, sentient can be said metamorphically as of light. However, consciousness is of phase transition (or emergence from the creation, shaping, development, and nurturing of the essence of nature). And therefore, can only be achieved through the greater whole universal process of being and becoming. And thus, has its own subtle form which can be termed as subtle body-mind or the real self for evolved species such as human species. From these, human species can be termed as many sentient composite body-mind systems. And is evolving through process of being and becoming as parts of sum of parts of the greater whole (and which are main reasons sentient consciousness would never be possible for machines or any other entity that does not go through process of being and becoming. And which for sentient, it has been aeon in the making). And which words naturalness-spiritual are often used to simplify what just briefly stated.
Therefore, excluding or not including the real self would naturally inhibit knowing oneself or "Thyself" and nature or "The World". And thus, would not only naturally inhibit, rather falsify the scientific and naturalness-spiritual or epistemology and ontology quests. And as such, it is inevitable or better sooner than later to integrate the real self as part of the scientific process and quest since real and true solutions would not be possible without real and true consciousness-awareness or mind. All the while prevent and eliminate harm, injustice, and suffering in the known physical world. And beyond.
Epistemology of Life and Ontology of Existence Foundation and Institute