Do particles have free will?


Quantum Mechanics talks of how small particles move freely throughout our universe. asks in their article, if subatomic particles have free will?

That begs the question that there is an almost infinite amount of particles in the universe. They move in unexpected patterns. Particles like electrons, neutrinos, and even light particles zip around space and pass by Earth.

Physicists have observed these particles moving in unexpected patterns. Sometimes they zig zag, or change directions. Other times they pass right through the Earth without even stopping. Their movements have remained unpredictable.

“Well let’s put it in context. Quantum physics didn’t exist until the 20th century. It was the result of the work of Max Planck, Albert Einstein and the greats at the end of the 19th and into the 20th century. When quantum physics was formalized, we recognized the interactions between particles and that’s when we started to explain it. The awareness of particles and their interactions down at that level of nature have not been studied or understood before. That’s the quantum world as we understand it. We now know that particles interact. That they are aware of each other. We use that term that they are “aware” because they interact to each other. That was only quantified in the early 20th century. In the 1920s, quantum mechanics had a fairly good scientific organization and it’s taken us all the 20th century to be able to explain that these particles can show consciousness and awareness.” – Edgar Mitchell

Thereneutrino-1024x321 is still much debate if light is wavelength or is a particle. There is still much to be learned in the Quantum world. Many state that the random appearance of movements of particles are just that, random. The movements are not the result of intelligent behavior.

However, Einstein famously quoted, “God does not play dice.” This could be interpreted as these patterns could be the result of these particles have consciousness. There are no random movements, everything has a purpose.

If the theory hold true that particles indeed are zipping around the universe as intelligent beings that would throw everything we know about the world out the door. It is and interesting theory indeed.

Hylopathism (wiki), is is the belief that some or all matter is sentient or that properties of matter in general give rise to subjective experience. It is opposed to the assertion that consciousness results exclusively from properties of specific types of matter, e.g. brain tissue.

Other Physicists believe that some particles when they collide with the right material can cause consciousness. That would mean there are some particles that can create consciousness and some that are not.

Author’s take

Perhaps a great amount of energy is stored in these particles, maybe an entire sentient conscious being. These particles act differently when observed, that is a huge indication, something knows they are being watched. Maybe that is what we will all become. We could zip all over the universe at speeds unimaginable. Perhaps the light particles themselves are pieces of our conscious. Reality is only perception, perception is the key. How you perceive the world is not the same as an Ant would perceive his world.


The Quantum World is just so big. Anything is possible in any state.
Alice and Bob Cartoon