> "That prompts me to point out that even a grain of sand has its own unique electro-magnetic field, generated by the electrons in motion around its unique atomic construction. Everything has this field of energy. When we see the power/energy contained in matter (one pence or dime's worth was converted at Hiroshima), perhaps there is scope to consider inherent consciousness in matter (though not as WE know it).
> "This idea of consciouness in the inanimate was not part of the plan when I embarked upon Sun of gOd. Developing and exploring the logical extensions of stellar consciousness, however, inevitably led to it. There's a whole chapter in Sun of gOd, titled Inanimate Intelligence - might stuff be smarter than we think, which explores this concept in convincing depth. Should you read the book, I'd appreciate your feedback when you get to it.
To reply to the above (feedback), I shall do so when my order comes through, courtesy of my local Bookshop.
In the meantime however and as to the former, I just cannot accept that given untold aeons of time, even an evolved grain of sand has within itself an inherent capacity to somehow develop "intelligence", or otherwise.
That the formation of a grain of sand is part and partial of the electric force and its various derivatives (trust I am not being too vague here), I cannot dispute, but science itself does not truly know the origins of this or that particular grain of sand in the first place.
Many speculations and hypotheses for sure, but no proof.
So what is sand?
Well in short, sand is just a fairly miniscule and closed-unit comprising a conglomeration of particles derived from various rocks and minerals.
This closed-unit of material (ie an individual grain) is ever-changing, due erosion and other natural forces such as tidal effects and dare I say, gravity.
Further, given these natural elements and processes, such grains might easily turn to dust or even mould into rocks.
Interestingly, no one to date has definitively shown us where all that sand on the numerous shores and coastlines of our planet actually came from, especially within the huge desert regions such as the Sahara and Gobi etc.
Unfortunately, there seems to be no evidence whatsoever to suggest otherwise as to whether "apparent inherent consciousness in matter (though not as WE know it)" with respect to sand in this case, actually exists.
Therefore sand itself, as with the innumerable inanimate rocks and minerals from which these granular particles were formed, must in themselves be completely lifeless, listless and dead.
Just my thoughts.