The Nature of Consciousness

Piero Scaruffi

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These are excerpts and elaborations from my book "The Nature of Consciousness"

The Language of Elementary Particles

Mass, spin, charge and so forth are the fundamental properties of matter. But “what” exactly are they? They seem to be just verbal metaphors to express the fact that there are ways and rules in which particles interact. For example, an electron and a proton interact in a way that can be visualized by presupposing a force called “electrical force” that operates on negative and positive charges and assigning a negative charge to the electron and a positive one to the proton. These properties, ultimately, are about patterns of behavior. If we saw Mr. A buying the newspaper every day from the store of Mr. B, we could conclude that there exists an AB force that operates between negatively charged people and positively charged people that leads the negatively charged ones to buy newspapers from positively charged people and that Mr. A is negative and Mr. B is positive.


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