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One, final, lingering question as posed by Dr. Robert Anthony is the idea that metal atoms respond differently to different personalities.

The example he gave was that of a vehicle. His idea is that if a person talks positively to their vehicle, they will experience fewer problems on their journeys. He noted that even inanimate objects can sense love, a notion that our friend Gustav Fechner, an animist, probably could have gotten behind.

Metal, as we know, is a material that is hard, opaque, and shiny. It has good electrical and thermal conductivity, and it can be hammered or pressed into a shape without breaking. Metals are also fusible, meaning they can be fused or melted, and they are also ductile, meaning you can draw them out in a thin wire.

Metals are malleable because they consist of layers of atoms. These layers of atoms can slide over one another to take a new form when they are bent or shaped.

Metals form giant structures in which electrons in the outer shells of the metals are free to move. The metallic bond is the force of attraction between these free electrons and metal ions.

The fact that metals are good conductors of electricity and heat also has to do with the fact that electrons can move freely throughout the metal.