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    • jeff
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      2 months ago

      I'm not totally against the idea of panpsychism but the idea that individual electrons are making choices feels like a bit of a stretch to me.

      For example the late Freeman Dyson, the well-known American physicist, stated in his 1979 book, Disturbing the Universe, that “the processes of human consciousness differ only in degree but not in kind from the processes of choice between quantum states which we call ‘chance’ when made by electrons.”

      Talking about "the processes of human consciousness" as something that is even remotely understood is ridiculous. There's such a wide chasm between physics and philosophy and I feel like the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.