Are electrons alive? Thich Nhat Hanh explains…

Do animals and plants have consciousness? Are electrons alive?
Thich Nhat Hanh in dialogue with University of Virginia Astrophysicist Dr. Trinh Xuan Thuan.

What is your opinion?

Transcript English (auto-generated)

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even if you claim that an electron has
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consciousness which which I don’t think
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there’s ever in a scientific evidence
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force institute wiser yes I think that
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degrees of consciousness i would say
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that our doctrines and consciousness
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it’s not the same as a man consciousness
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me and once you’ve seen an electron
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you’ve seen them all you know they
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change your way yeah you they change
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your way with a massive electric charge
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and the spin you know we wonder about
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what is the origin of the universe you
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know where are we going where whether
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the life adesso I don’t know and you
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know what happened after our death but I
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don’t think a dog cap ass himself that
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question you see so there’s a dunker
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don’t go of course I don’t speak cat but
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not gonna run but I don’t think I don’t
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think that you know cat would ask him to
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have this question of course i don’t see
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our cats are producing a bit better wind
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symphony or painting you know ammonia I
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think that’s different degrees
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consciousness and we cannot put all this
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all of these things in nature sings in
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Yoruba on the same level gaysauce so
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again then I would ask you what is your
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opinion of that would you say that still
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that electron is the same as a human
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being the question reflects mine of
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discrimination very clear
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you know that we ready when you look
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into ourselves as a human being we see
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that the human being is made only or
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non-human elements we have the mineral
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element in us we have the element of
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vegetable in us and we have the element
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animal in us not only we have human
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ancestors but we also have any more
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ancestors and vegetable ancestors and
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also mineral and justice and our
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ancestors and do not belong to the past
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they belong to the present they are
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fully present in us without them you
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cannot see the way we see you cannot
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think the way we think we cannot leave
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the way we live and the elephant also is
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also in us so when I produce a thought
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every ancestors in me including the
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mineral ancestor anymore the visual and
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justice collaborate with me in order to
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produce that thought it’s like when you
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see you look at the tree that is not the
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job of only in your eyes as you know
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very well without the brain without the
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blood without the cells in your body
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with our order scene is would be an
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impossible thing for eyes so when this I
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see the whole body is participating in
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the act of see so when we produce a
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thought when we reason when we create
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music when we do mathematics not only if
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a number of neurons are doing so but
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whole body the whole and the whole
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lineage of ancestors in us participating
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in producing that thought so looking
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like that you see that you are not you
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are made of non new element and the non
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you element continue to be in you and if
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you remove the non you element out there
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is no more you left so we have the
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complex of superiority as a human being
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we think that we have that kind of
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intelligence that kind of consciousness
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that other living beings do not have but
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I’m not very proud of the kind of mind
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that you are using a lil Eli the mind of
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discrimination that mind of
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discrimination caught by many notions
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the foundation of all kind of suffering
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they discriminate against this and depth
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and that created complexes of
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superiority inferiority equality and so
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on this plant has intelligence this
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plane has knowledge this plan has a will
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to live is then this this plant knows
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how to fabricate flower and fruit how to
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continue to light that the best way
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plane and it seems to me that that this
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band is great and less suffering than
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the human beings I am NOT very proud of
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my mind of discrimination therefore I am
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free from the complex of superiority of
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a human being I know that I can do
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better and that is why
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when you produce a thought mother earth
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is producing the top together with you
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don’t say that you are long producing
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that thought mother earth is in you and
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she is at the at the earth foundation
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and she is form using that thought with
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you at the same time so this top is not
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your property this thought that is just
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produced is a property is a creation of
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the whole earth and not only the earth
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the Sun also because without the Sun the
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earth can not be herself and she isn’t
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able to create you to bring you into
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existence so that is the mine of
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non-discrimination as far as you use the
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mind of discrimination to judge and to
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organize you continue to create
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suffering that is why it’s so important
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to learn how to remove notions that are
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at the foundation of separation and
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discrimination

 

One thought on “Are electrons alive? Thich Nhat Hanh explains…

  1. i found that talk, along with the whole
    science of the Buddha retreat
    stimulating!
    i was fortunate to be there.
    thanks for
    sharing 🙂

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