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Re: Ask a Scientist

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No. Should we think that? Yes, coz then we treat things better. I think that's why people get into mystical stuff. Greta will agree.

But I think us trying to make sense in the laws of physics should not (totally my "shouldn't") automatically mean attributing consciousness to inanimate objects. Unless we change the definition of consciousness. Which I think is a real question, and another one linked to this is "why". Lot of people I know are into this because of their deep faith combined with sci mind. I think faith will make you pick a side in this..I may be completely mistaken and it may be a taboo to not poke...but again, it's an cogn/epistemological issue.
I think there is a very good point here.

If a boulder is conscious, what does that mean? The boulder doesn't have eyes or ears and thus cannot see me and has no way of even being aware of me or of anything else in its surroundings. It doesn't have muscles either and so cannot move of its own volition. So if the boulder falls on my foot, it clearly did not do so through any act of choice or consciousness.

Esoterics and the like however will say that the boulder could hear me talk to it and intentionally fell on my foot. In other words, the moment you as a scientist admit there may be some, however insignificant, consciousness, they run away with the idea and assume that you said the boulder has human-like consciousness.

And maybe, in anticipation of that sort of reaction, scientists are tiptoeing around the topic and avoiding that particular Pandora's box.
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