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Philosopher thinks panpsychism (“all matter has mind”) is probably true

This is the unjustified/unjustifiable nonsense that gives philosophy a bad name and makes us all look like fools. It isn’t enough to think about things, we must apply filters to that thinking and allow evidence to guide it.

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Panpsychism has a long history in philosophy, and is defined by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy as “the doctrine that mind is a fundamental feature of the world which exists throughout the universe.” In other words, everything has a mind, with some philosophers, like Philip Goff, claiming that objects like electrons and rocks have “an inner life”. . “feelings, sensations, and experiences.”

Goff, an associate professor of philosophy at Central European University in Budapest, puts forth his arguments for panpsychism in a new piece in Aeon magazine, “Panpsychism is crazy, but it’s also most probably true.” His arguments for panpsychism—the existence of mind in matter—has three prongs:

  • We know nothing about the intrinsic nature of “inanimate” matter, so it could have mind.
  • The assumption that matter has mind is more parsimonious than assuming it doesn’t, and that’s for the next reason:
  • The “continuity argument” used by some philosophers. As Goff…

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