Do I have Φ?

Do I have Φ?

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Panpsychism, the ancient doctrine that consciousness is universal, offers some lessons in how to think about subjective experience today. Unlike classical panpsychism, not all physical objects have a Φ that is different from zero. Only integrated systems do. A bunch of disconnected neurons in a dish, a heap of sand, a galaxy of stars or a black hole—none of them are integrated. They have no consciousness. They do not have mental properties.

For every inside there is an outside, and for every outside there is an inside; though they are different, they go together.
– Alan Watts, Man, Nature, and the Nature of Man

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