I can be aware of the comb’s size, color, weight, style, and any number of qualities my mind brings to it. I can even turn it into an art tool, a musical instrument, or a decoration. I can have opinions about it, it can have sentimental value to me, I can love its design. But can it ever be aware of me? Can it even feel the strands of my hair as I use it? Does it have any opinion about me at all?
Animals, plants, and humans have different levels of awareness. Birds and dolphins are attuned to rhythms and energy fields that are beyond the realm of human consciousness. But inanimate objects, manufactured objects do not have any form of consciousness. They do not have a memory. They do not store experiences and learn from them. You cannot teach a comb how to communicate.
Yet, even within these manufactured items, are crystalline structures and atoms that perform in an intelligent way. So I am not saying there is no underlying intelligence in their structure, I am saying that they do not have any built-in awareness, which is a simple definition of consciousness.