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    Why Philip Pullman Is Obsessed with Panpsychism

    In the first book of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass, Lord Asriel (played by James McAvoy in HBO’s adaptation of the book) discovers a mysterious substance, called Dust, that exists everywhere and seems to be implicated in consciousness. For Pullman, Dust is an expression of his fascination with panpsychism, the philosophical idea […]

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    Electrons Don’t Think

    If a philosopher starts speaking about elementary particles, run.Pinterest I recently discovered panpsychism. That’s the idea that all matter—animate or inanimate—is conscious, we just happen to be somewhat more conscious than carrots. Panpsychism is the modern elan vital.  Nautilus Members enjoy an ad-free experience. Log in or Join now . When I say I “discovered” […]

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    Consciousness Isn’t Self-Centered

    Think of consciousness like spacetime—a fundamental field that’s everywhere.

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    A Clash of Perspectives on Panpsychism

    What panpsychism does—and does not—explain about consciousness.

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    The Forest Spirits of Today Are Computers

    We’ve made an artificially panpsychic world, where technology and nature are one.