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At Nautilus: Yes, electrons DO have minds

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Panpsychists in science believe that nature is all there is but, they say, it includes consciousness as a fundamental fact of nature:

Scholar, lawyer, and writer Tam Hunt, affiliated with the University of California, is helping to popularize the idea in thinkmags.

Panpsychists are, generally speaking, naturalists. They believe that nature is all there is. But they address the seemingly intractable mind-body problem by seeing consciousness as a part of nature like gravity, present everywhere but perhaps most evident in humans. Probably, the reason their perspective is becoming more acceptable in science is that the semi-official alternative sounds less sane: Our minds are illusions that merely promote Darwinian survival.

Well, if our minds are illusions that merely promote Darwinian survival, what becomes of our science? Why should anyone believe it and what would believing it even mean? Faced with a choice, some would prefer to just say hello to the electron. That way, they can keep the idea that consciousness somehow relates to the true nature of our universe—without which, science is impossible. Hunt tells us that, in addition to Alfred North Whitehead, Freeman Dyson, J. B.S. Haldane, and David Bohm have been sympathetic to one or another point on the spectrum of panpsychist ideas.

News, “Integrated Information Theory: Electrons DO have a “rudimentary mind”” at Mind Matters News

It’s going to be very interesting to see whether panpsychism continues to advance without much pushback.

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2 Replies to “At Nautilus: Yes, electrons DO have minds

  1. 1
    bornagain77 says:

    Correction to headline:

    At Nautilus: Yes, Electrons DO Have Minds, because the editors at Nautilus have apparently lost theirs

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    Seversky says:

    it would certainly give them an advantage over some people on this planet.

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