Are you attributing a sort of intelligence to atoms?Sort of, if we take into consideration that intelligence is mainly about the perception of time flowing, thus about the future, which is unpredictable. Because then, within our mind, there would be a mechanism for it to be able to cope with the hazard from its environment, thus a mechanism for it to be able to produce some, like the mutation/selection one. Which reduces our intelligence to the capacity to produce chance, and to be able to check out if what it thinks is what it gets when it executes its ideas for real. Atoms are not executing ideas, but they are moving, and they are able to react to others. They do that simultaneously with their perceptions, whereas we can recall perceptions that we had years ago to execute some actual ideas. From that viewpoint, intelligence is not what she thinks she is.