Panpsychism

By: BenOh | January 31, 2018

Sentience is, on my analysis, the central criterion for an entity's having moral standing or moral status (meaning its well-being must be taken into consideration if it may be benefitted or harmed by a decision, action, policy, law, etc.) both within Buddhist ethics and within utilitarianism (the ethical theory that holds that the right thing to do is always whatever will produce the greatest overall good for the greatest number of individuals affected by the decision, where 'good' is usually translated to mean something like well-being or benefit, and often simply as any pleasant consequence). I'm not arguing that there are no other, equally good reasons to draw a line that differentiates between beings that have or lack moral standin...

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By: BenOh | January 30, 2018

Professor Repetti


Professor Repetti described panpsychism nicely thus:

"It is assumed generally that animals are sentient, though it is also assumed that plants are not. But sentience is the ability to sense or feel or experience, and so it seems intuitive that anything that is assumed to be sentient is experiencing some minimal form of consciousness, although not necessarily complex consciousness, such as thought.

The question of panpsychism is whether not only non-animal plants are sentient, but whether all non-animals are, and that included intimate, lifeless matter.  Panpsychism is the view that the answer is yes. 

Arthur Reber makes a compelling case for non-animal organisms and possibly any organic matter being sentient, very similar the ...

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By: BenOh | January 30, 2018

This is an introduction to quantum monadology. First, questions and observations are presented that would lead us to the idea of quantum monadology. Then, the world where we live is pictured as a monadistic system in a series of short but condensed statements without mathematics. You can find here the essence of quantum monadology.


Find the paper here: QuantumMondaisticSystem


This model provides a consistent framework to solve apparent incompatibilities between consciousness (as our interior experience) and matter (as described by quantum mechanics and relativity theory). Does matter have an inside? What is the flowing time now? Does physics allow the indeterminism by volition? The problem of quantum measurement is also resolved in this ...

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By: BenOh | January 29, 2018


Consciousness is something with which we’re all intimately familiar. It’s the thing that goes away every night in deep sleep, and comes back when we wake up every morning, or whenever we start dreaming. It encompasses all our subjective feelings and experiences, ranging from the simple redness of red, to the complex depth of an emotion, to the ephemeral quality of thought. It’s the one thing that is directly and immediately known to us, and it mediates our knowledge of the external world. This is how consciousness is defined by neuroscientist Giulio Tononi, the originator of the Integrated Information Theory of consciousness, or IIT for short. IIT is now one of the leading theories of consciousness in neuroscience.


According to IIT, consciou...

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By: BenOh | January 29, 2018

Some of the world's most renowned scientists are questioning whether the cosmos has

an inner life similar to our own.


For centuries, modern science has been shrinking the gap between humans and the 

rest of the universe, from Isaac Newton showing that one set of laws applies equally to

 falling apples and orbiting moons to Carl Sagan intoning that “we are made of star 

stuff” — that the atoms of our bodies were literally forged in the nuclear furnaces of 

other stars.


Even in that context, Gregory Matloff’s ideas are shocking. The veteran physicist at 

New York City College of Technology recently published a paper arguing that 

humans may be like the rest of the universe in substance and in spirit. A 

“pr...

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