Panpsychism

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The Philosophy of Panpsychism with Christian de Quincey

Panpsychism is the doctrine, philosophical theory and/or belief that everything material (however small) has an element of individual consciousness; which are therefore collectively the fundamental building block of our reality.[1][2] Being a school of thought that has seen a resurgence of interest in recent years.[3]

Going further, according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,[4]

"In philosophy, panpsychism is the view that consciousness, mind, or soul is a universal and primordial feature of all things. Panpsychists see themselves as minds in a world of mind. Panpsychism is the view that mentality is fundamental and ubiquitous in the natural world. The view has a long and venerable history in philosophical traditions of both East and West, and has recently enjoyed a revival in analytic philosophy. For its proponents panpsychism offers an attractive middle way between physicalism on the one hand and dualism on the other. The worry with dualism—the view that mind and matter are fundamentally different kinds of thing—is that it leaves us with a radically disunified picture of nature, and the deep difficulty of understanding how mind and brain interact."

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