… is not to be less real, in any sense. Once we “thingify” the P-world–treat it as a discernable object with properties, and temporarily stop trying to describe it from the inside–then phenomena defined over multiple P-worlds are just as real. When we see the battles of nations, are those not real battles between real nations? We insist that they are all the act of individuals, but they have a reality of their own, and the participants are less free than they think. So we are not the participants in these patterns. We are also constituted by the patterns among the P-worlds. Nations are emergent phenomena in a very real sense. The problem with cashing this insight out is that an emergent phenomenon, to be justly so called, is a structural pattern defined over a substratum. Prior to the emergence, there are lots of individual bits. Thereafter, there are coordinations, such as bubbles, cells, columns, and nations. Dynamics is the language in which we are written.
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