Soil

Dirt

I snapped the featured photo for the butterfly, but when I resized and optimized it for posting, it was the grains of dirt and the tiny white crystals of rock that captured my imagination.

I love soil. Look at it close up: little bits of twigs, mesquite needles, sand, pollen, compost, bacteria, fungus, and more. It’s a community.

I’ve been reading about consciousness lately, in particular, the work of Giulio Tononi, Christof Koch, and Max Tegmark. 

Koch writes in his book Consciousness:

The entire cosmos is suffused with sentience. We are surrounded and immersed in consciousness; it is in the air we breathe, the soil we tread on, the bacteria that colonize our intestines, and the brain that enables us to think.

A panpsychist for as long as I can remember, this is something I’ve always felt. Even a stone, pebble, or grain of sand has phi. Consciousness–perceptronium–is everywhere.

The photo was taken for the butterfly.

But it’s the vibrating, integrated system of soil that brings the vibrancy to this photo.

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