No one can tell you what the Matrix is

An example of a cliche that exists for the purpose of perpetuating untruths:  “The thing is more than the sum of its parts.”

Everything is equal to the sum of its parts — that’s what ‘sum’ means.  The reality is more complicated:  The properties of the sum of the parts are not the sum of the properties of the parts.

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4 Responses to “No one can tell you what the Matrix is”

  1. Perhaps that idea could be expressed in terms of mathematical functions.

    I think it’s possible to have the same parts and put them together in different arrangements, which makes a different “thing” in some sense but perhaps it’s still the same “thing” in another sense.

  2. Perhaps that idea could be expressed in terms of mathematical functions.

    I already perceive that to be the case — it’s just that the words used to describe it are not the ones people are used to seeing in equations.

    Frankly, I have a great deal of difficulty understanding that math is not seen as a subset of language.

  3. Isn’t math “the universal language”?

  4. Maybe. Maybe not.

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