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There is growing speculation, even acceptance, on the notion that consciousness is a property of matter such that the universe is conscious (panpsychism). If that is the case then I don't see why consciousness couldn't be causal like any other property of matter. https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/07/12/536752502/is-th...

Stuart Kauffman makes an argument for the plausibility of "responsible free will". He notes that the classical physics of determinism precludes the possibility of free will, while quantum indeterminism only allows for a trivial random form of will. But he also argues for the existence of a "poised realm" which represents the transitional stated where quantum states decohere to classical events as well as the reverse (recoherence from classical to quantum). Kauffman writes: "Thus, at present, we have no idea if the behavior of a system in the Poised Realm is lawful or not, or what that or those laws may be. Thus, if a maintained Poised Realm can be created, it seems to be a realm of very new physics." https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2010/03/is_there_a_poised_...

Kauffman suggests that consciousness lies in the poised realm and that the physics of this state is both nonrandom AND indeterminate. That is where responsible free will occurs. https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2011/01/31/133319117/can-w...

https://arxiv.org/abs/1410.2127
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There is growing speculation, even acceptance, on the notion that consciousness is a property of matter such that the universe is conscious (panpsychism). If that is the case

It isn't the case.
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There is growing speculation, even acceptance, on the notion that consciousness is a property of matter such that the universe is conscious (panpsychism).

In your opinion, why has this idea gained traction? What is it that more traditional explanations for consciousness lack that this explanation provides?
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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. https://www.wired.com/2013/11/christof-koch-panpsychism-cons...

https://www.nature.com/articles/nrn.2016.44
https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/universe-conscious-ncna...
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It isn't the case.

That's possible. But then you have a case where consciousness arises from elements that are completely non-conscious. This I guess would be an example of emergence where a brand new property (consciousness) arises from complexity. The conscious whole is greater than the sum of the non-conscious parts.

Some would call that magic.
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