• A system, as a watch, in order to be understood, must be decomposed/deconstructed in its constituents parts, the parts that can not be decomposed further. Let’s name these parts the elementary parts. Every elementary part has certain attributes and is in a certain relation with the other parts. The enunciation of these aspects would constitute the explanation, the explanation of how it works.
  • That is not the entire process… We need to rise the level of abstraction/interpretation gradually by grouping the parts strongly related, forming in a way, new, larger parts, with a different set of attributes, being in relation with the other newly formed parts from the same level. We continue in the same manner… until we end up assembling the entire watch.
  • Exactly. In the end we end with a single part or entity; the watch itself. This entity, unlike the individual parts, has as attribute the ability to tell the time. Attention; none of the parts, taken separately, tells the time; is an emergent attribute/aspect of the entire ensemble.
  • But what can we say about the grand system, the grand system of which we are also a part of… the universe?
  • We should proceed similarly by deconstructing/dividing it until we end having entities that can not be divided further, the equivalence of the elementary pieces in the context of the watch.
  • Interesting. These entities wouldn’t have structure. It can not be talked about a position located in one of those entities, there is only a there, the entirety of the part. This is how we implicitly reason about the world, this is how we make sense of the world; we see various entities and relations between them, where each entity haves certain attributes.
  • Yes… but certainly not at the level of elementary entities, but at the level of entities like houses, cars, people, planets; collections of elementary entities that stays a long enough period of time together in order to be perceived as individual high level entities.
  • We discuss about the entity “person”, fallowing to discuss about a multitude of persons, abstracted as a single entity named “society”; we can surely rise the level of abstraction/interpretation fairly high.
  • The glass is in relation with the table as in residing on it; where the glass haves the attribute of being empty. We say simply: “There is an empty glass on the table”.
  • Or we don’t say anything… we just look at the scene and understand… we are not confused. That enunciation happens in the back of our minds, without words.
  • I’m in relation with this cigarette as in holding it, I’m in relation with you as in discussing with you, you are in relation with your glasses as in wearing them, with the book… as in reading it. You can say I’m fairly tall as an attribute, where the wall is white and the glass is empty.
  • This is how we reason, this is how we understand the world, this is all we discuss; relations among entities that have various attributes; well disguised in the language used. We can not escape it.
  • It is an inconvenience that we are also a part of the system we try to understand, it implies certain limitations.
  • The watch tells the time… What does the universe tells? Are we able to see or comprehend? Are we like the moving pieces of the watch, complotting to the telling of time without knowing? Each doing its part, without being aware of the bigger picture? Is the meaning of life, of existence, of the universe…inaccessible to our understanding, incognoscibleineffable?
  • The universe tells nothing. There is no higher truth to be known. The universe is just like a watch without a face… meaningless.