Intelligence is more widespread than you think

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We tend to think of intelligence as being dependent on the brain.  The brain is a powerful central processing unit, but  as we know reflexes don't require a brain at all.  But wouldn't we consider the act of pulling away from a hot stove intelligence?  Or how about swimming towards food?  We know these sorts of intelligence in even bacteria, much smaller than even a single brain cell.

Perhaps the most plausible explanation to many natural phenomenon we see in the larger world around us are actually from the intelligence of the earth.  If bacteria smaller than we can see are intelligent, then how much more intelligent could the gigantic earth we are on be intelligent?  Does it kick up winds or storms to clean itself or the environment?  Does it influence the orbits of moons by manipulating it's "gravity"?  I believe if we look for irregularities in orbits we will find it.  We know that the interaction between the earth and moon creates earthquakes and other seismic activity, could the earth be using the moon to "itch" itself?

And on the other end of the spectrum, could atoms themselves be intelligent?  If so this would certainly disprove any lingering notion that they are the most basic building blocks of matter or even close to the most basic.  I believe that one day a scientist will be manipulating atoms or creating manufacturing processes at the atomic scale (think 14nM processor architecture) and they will realize that they have to take into account atoms "fighting back" when explaining observed atomic phenomenon.  What an interesting day that will be, anything we can observe in our experience will be realized to in fact be intelligent.  Where would that leave the theories of evolution or intelligent design?

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