An Atom Can’t Think

An atom can’t think.

But, incredibly, over time spanning billions of years, collections of atoms reacted to form molecules and molecules were assembled into macromolecules and collections of macromolecules comprised the building blocks that gave rise to living cells and the best individual cells were assembled together to make multicellular organisms and multicellular organisms competed with each other, giving rise to species, some of which thrived and survived and others of which did not and disappeared and the ones that survived had cells within them that differentiated from each other to become specialized, forming tissues, such as nerves and muscles and skin, and nerves connecting the different tissues send signals that travel through the bodies of organisms possessing them, reaching a central processing center of billions of other nerve cells in the form of a brain that interprets the inputs from all the millions of nerve cells connected to all other parts of the multicellular organism, giving rise to senses, such as smell, taste, and touch, and the sum of the senses gives rise to consciousness, and the vast sets of consciousness acquired by an organism over its lifetime are kept in specialized storage regions of the brain, giving rise to memory, to allow the brain to recall and combine relevant previous experiences, forming knowledge, and knowledge can be used to guide the brain to make decisions necessary for the organism possessing that brain to survive the grand Darwinian challenges, and so, as a result of billions of years of evolution, organization, and selection, these zillions and zillions of now exquisitely organized atoms in the brain of the most advanced organism we know of in the universe are thus empowered to perform a remarkable feat that no individual atom would ever be able do.

They can forget.

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