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The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Or is it?

  1. Oct 11, 2007 #1
    Everything started from a very far-fetched line from a game, that got me into researching some interesting stuff. And eventually I arrived at this age-old question. I mean can this even be true? And I'm not talking about some trivial stuff, but rather on a more fundamental and universal level.
    So I just thought I'd ask the resident geeks here on their oppinion. :)
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  3. Oct 11, 2007 #2
    10 trillion neurons laid out on a parking lot won't do much good, but if you connect them all together to form a brain you might be onto something.

    I could go on.
  4. Oct 11, 2007 #3


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    How, exactly, are *you* interpreting this? Certainly the whole can be greater than the sum of it's parts. I don't get what you're asking.
  5. Oct 11, 2007 #4
    Erm... I don't really know. I read some stuff that I probably didn't understand at all, but nonetheless...
    I'm not even sure how to explain it. :) Maybe something of the sort: Can you store more information in a system of things that could ever be stored in the sum of each of these individually. Or something...
    Well I was playing the game Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and they said something about an infinite-state machine - I thought it was something interesting and went searching.
    I also just found this site: http://consc.net/notes/analog.html
    It has this question:
  6. Oct 11, 2007 #5
    Everytime I've ever dug a whole, I've never been able to put all the parts back in without sum left over.
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