Fechner, Gustav Theodor - As described by Erwin Schrodinger in What is Life
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Erwin Schrodinger – What is Life?
We encounter here the bold thought of universal animation, though not for the first time, not even in Western philosophy.
Two thousand years earlier [than Spinoza], the Ionian philosophers acquired from it the surname of hyrozoists.
After Spinoza, the genius of Gustav Theodor Fechner did not shy at attributing a soul to a plant, to the earth as celestial body, to the planetary system… I do not fall in with these fantasies, yet I should not like to have to pass judgement as to who has come nearer the deepest truth, Fechner or the bankrupts of rationalism.