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How can a bunch of cells do what humans do?

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If you look at a human cell by cell, you see a great number of little organic factories, busily at working making and using proteins, metabolizing fuel via the energy-rich molecules that the mitochondria make from nutrients, and basically following a path of least effort, with no consciousness whatsoever.

But pile up enough of these cells, organize them appropriate, and you have someone writing thoughts in a language that the cells have created over time, with someone else reading it and understanding the thought.

Somehow it seems weird that languaage, thought, music, and human culture and knowledge in general can come to be from cells, given that cells basically know nothing. Emergence is really amazing. No matter how much you studied cells and how they are hooked up, it is hard to see how you could predict human knowledge and activity.

Written by LeisureGuy

16 May 2017 at 9:01 am

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