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In your opinion, why has this idea gained traction? What is it that more traditional explanations for consciousness lack that this explanation provides?

IMO, it is being driven by a recent explanation for consciousness called the Integrated Information Model that has a definition/mechanism of consciousness that can be applied generally to the universe and by the Koch and Penrose attempt to explain consciousness as a quantum mechanical phenomenon.

Here is a Christof Koch (neuroscientist) interview of his panpsychic views.
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