Everything Is Conscious?

Panpsychism Goes Mainstream

Panpsychism—the view that all of the universe participates in consciousness, which is most fully developed in humans—has been gaining popularity in science in recent years. Does that sound unbelievable? Is not science committed wholly to materialism and nothing but materialism? Will consciousness not soon be "explained" as an accidental glitch in brain wiring that natural selection retained?

Science doesn't seem nearly as committed to that view just now.

A 2018 article at Quartz by Olivia Goldhillwas titled "The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility."1 Christof Koch, a prominent Allen Institute neuroscientist,...

 

is a Canadian journalist, author, and blogger. She blogs at Blazing Cat Fur, Evolution News & Views, MercatorNet, Salvo, and Uncommon Descent.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #61, Summer 2022 Copyright © 2022 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo61/everything-is-conscious

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