• Benj96
    398
    One molecule of H2O is not water. It is not fluid. It cannot crystallise at zero degrees Celsius nor can it boil at 100 degrees. It cannot dissolve anything. It holds very little in the way of the properties of water.

    But strangely if you add numerous H20 molecules together then you see these properties emerge. How to resolve this?
    H2O alone is not water yet it is the only constituent of pure water.

    I think this phenomenon is important to note about physical things: it seems the whole is not equal to the sum of the parts only.
    It would be more accurate in this case to say the whole is equal to the sum of the parts plus the interaction between these parts - a separate “additive” meta-physical process.

    Perhaps in the case of the mind we see that same emergence. One neuron by itself is not a mind just like one molecule of water is not water. But when put together, some interactive process permits all the qualities that amplify the intrinsic properties of the units .
  • bert1
    714
    You've set up the discussion nicely, but to be clear, is this thread intended to be about water, consciousness, emergence, or all of these?
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