Dec 4, 2012

My atoms love me

Do you understand german? Be happy if not. If you do you might be tempted to read this interview with the philosopher Patrick Spät. This young chap is so overconfidently bashing 'physicalism' that he doesn't stop himself from saying things like "already atoms have fundamental mental properties" (ah, I see, it is in the word 'fundamental'). 
I once met an esoterically enlightened person, who made quite a shipload of money claiming that photons obviously possess a free will as they can willingly decide whether to be particle or wave.
Spät might like that idea. Remember, his atoms have mental properties. Mentality, he says, is a natural property just as charge, mass or spin. Sure. Go, measure it. Those properties then add up and the more atoms you have, the more mental you get. Great! What a huge mind my favorite skyscraper represents! And I always knew that my short cousin couldn't be as smart a smart-S as I am - simply because she lacks the number of mentality-building atoms.
Spät then laments that physicists see only mathematically describable cold matter without being able to say what matter really *is*. He has no problem whatsoever with the fact that he himself has no clue what he means by 'mentality' - he just excuses himself 'we cant find out because, unfortunately, we can't talk to atoms'. yep.
It is nice bar-chatter. But nobody can force me to always get drunk before I have to read stuff like that!

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