*P.S. The Journal published the ensuing article which became a sounding board for readers responding to the proposed idea: ANIMALS AND HUMANS: EVOLVING TOGETHER IN A CONSCIOUS UNIVERSE. Their responses inspired THE QUESTION's thesis:
Although Theosophy remains anthropocentric to this day, its philosophy is one of the first modern harbingers of an emerging evolution of human consciousness. That evolution signals the contemporary realization that humans are not the sole inhabitants of a conscious universe.