Electrons don’t think (or suffer)

by shminux 1y2nd Jan 20191 min read11 comments


There is an EA fringe that talks about suffering in elementary particles. Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder reminds her readers why this panpsychist idea is nonsense.

TL;DR: "if you want a particle to be conscious, your minimum expectation should be that the particle can change. It’s hard to have an inner life with only one thought. But if electrons could have thoughts, we’d long have seen this in particle collisions because it would change the number of particles produced in collisions."

The whole post and the comments are an entertaining read.