Does the Earth exist? What is the Earth's essence?
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I assume you compare the Earth with a living being, lets say, a human.
- I think then I exist so my environment exist:
-> So the Earth exists.
The essence of a human being may be roughly compared to its consciousness, so, if it is a being, it must be conscious, but is the Earth conscious? (in order to be declared as a "being").
Which can be compared with:
Is the Milky Way galaxy conscious?
What about a dog? or a worm? A bacteria? A Mitochondria? A Molecule?
If the consciousness is caused by let's say 100 billions neurons of the brain, then 50 billions would also cause a certain form of consciousness.
So what about 25 billions?
Then by dichotomic divisions we arrive at 2 simple neurons interacting each other creating a very limited form of consciousness, but a real consciousness anyway.
So, in each case we have the quality, the consciousness which is present (even if the quantity can be really different.
Even without the argument that even a simple cell may have a form of consciousness (which I believe), we may notice that the Earth is composed of Billions of...humans so the consciousness of this whole must have a very high quantity, (again we suppose that interactions of 2 or 4 or 8 (and so on) humans is equal to a certain form of consciousness).
So, my answer is definitely: Yes!
There is a big difference between being and consciousness. If we assume Existence & Essence, we can see that Earth is a being (something that exist), and has many Attributes which when watched together in a bungle, make the Essence of Earth. One of the attributes of the Earth is that, it's round. Another is that, it rotates around sun. Still another attribute is its volume. Thus let's redefine your question:
Does Earth exist? and if so, does it have feeling and consciousness as part of its essence?
With high certainty, but without being 100% sure (not speaking absolutely), we can claim that Earth exist. But about its essence. Part of it is scientific and still claimable with high certainty. But feeling and consciousness is subject of the definition of these terms and great discussion. For example, if we define feeling as reaction to external stimuli, then no, it has no feeling.