Relationships that lend themselves to coherence in the context of the environment tend to cohere. A simple statement that masks an otherwise profound point. We see certain properties in any stable entity, from atoms, to molecules, planets, stars, galaxies as well as biology. When we see coherent structures we see collections of perception and response traits among the structural parts that are aligned around the task of nourishing and defending coherence over time.
It would seem to me that stable entities in nature would have to have these organized perception and response traits by necessity since they have the net result of forging a hedge - a selective membrane - as an interface to an otherwise less coherent natural background that would dissolve it if not for those self maintaining traits. This would also mean that this tendency toward organized adaptive systems may be a natural flow of the relationships we see in nature, and as a consequence, complex organized adaptive structures would be likely to repeat. There may be something to this "anthropic principle" that proposes that the universe must, by necessity, be compatible with the conscious and sapient life that observes it in order for that conscious and sapient life to exist at all.
I could be missing something(s)
Aliens in our midst: The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself