1.13 A perception of something more, emergence

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Consciousness both creates and experiences what it has created. In order for not everything to be just a meaningless chaos of "dots", it must understand what the created is . Thus emergent notions arise, that is, something that has emerged, been formed, arises as a consequence of something else.

There is an abstraction, an illusion that is much, much greater than the actual content. This illusion is our world, our universe.
1.13.0-1  We have already observed something else that is very important. Consciousness has a dual function.

1.13.0-2  It actively imagines these dots. It is the consciousness that "creates" them, because the thought is chopped, it is active. It both creates and experiences what it has created.

1.13.0-3  What is created is the notion of the dots and thus an experience that they are real. Everything that is in your mind you experience as "real". That is what IS your reality.

1.13.0-4  The dots form patterns. These ARE not something in themselves, they have no experienced materiality. They are an experience as a consequence of the dots.

1.13.0-5  The patterns must also be understood by thought. The mind cannot choose to think about something that it experiences, but not about anything else. The dots know it about. They have "created" it themselves and they are therefore understood. But the spaces and patterns also require interpretation.

1.13.0-6  The patterns are what in a nice word are called "emergent" phenomena, ie something that has emerged, been formed, arises as a consequence of something else. The patterns are nothing in themselves, they are an observation as a result of a distribution of dots.

1.13.0-7  Consciousness thus has two functions that are really the same: It creates and it experiences. One cannot create without simultaneously experiencing the created - because otherwise one would not know that it was created, it would not "exist", because everything that exists must be experienced and understood, ie experienced in consciousness - which is the only thing that exists.

1.13.0-8  Awareness creates the experience of distances and accumulations. But consciousness also has to experience what emerges as a result of this; the patterns and spaces. These must also be understood.

1.13.0-9  The interesting thing in the scientific sense is that it is not possible to say anything from the patterns about how they are created. The patterns are not a physical property of the dots. In this case, they are something that occurs when many dots appear together. The patterns could just as easily have been made of something other than dots, such as colors. When you experience the pattern, you can not say with certainty what it was that formed them or what they consist of. It is often said that there is no physical causal connection.


1.13.0-11  Ok, this is a bit heavy - do not despair. I include it to show something that will be important later in the book, namely that the thought can create ideas, interpretations that are "larger" than the "physical" that it itself has imagined before. This may explain how the experience of music can arise from molecules in the air. Or words from the patterns in letters. Or meaning from a juxtaposition of words. All of these are patterns on top of "something". The letters and words are designed very differently in different languages, but in the mind they convey the same content.

1.13.0-12  An illusion arises that is much, much larger than the actual content. It opens up that an entire universe can evolve from the notion of one solitary distance and that most of it consists of… nothing, but is just ideas in consciousness.

1.13.0-13  What has been said here about emergent phenomena has two direct consequences in the microscopic universe we have so far ahead of us.

1.13.0-14  "More" and "less" dots create some patterns that the mind must understand. It understands the patterns by experiencing gravity, a "force" that pulls on the dots. The dots must thus have something about them that makes many dots draw on a few dots, from which gravity comes. This creates the idea of ​​mass, weight.

1.13.0-15  The curved arcs that the dots - apparently and according to the interpretation of the thought - move along, create the idea of ​​curves and waves. We now have both particles and waves. While the distances in the pattern have "direct existence", the waves are an emergent phenomenon - just an interpretation of something that does not really exist. The distances and accumulations exist, the waves are an interpretation.

1.13.0-16  Waves and particles… plus three-dimensional space, time, velocity, gravity, mass and emergent phenomena - all this is explained. We have come an incredible distance with just a few "dots".