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Thanks – great response. Certainly what you think about affects the physical properties of your brain, but I am going deeper than that. I got the first part of my work published as “Causally Active Metaphysical Realism”. What I am getting at is that people think ideas are inert: they are epiphenomena that sit about the physical world which does all the work. I am saying that, no the world of ideas and the physical world interact.
Now, about emergence, I am saying that emergence is not the creation of physical properties. It is the creation of new concepts. So the physical work is expressed by Schrodinger’s Wave equation, which has all of the emergent properties we know or will every know. It is the Tao, if you will. So buoyancy is not a physical characteristic that emerged from water. It was always in the water. Buoyancy is a conceptual characteristic of our understanding of the water. This is important because it means that emergence is a process in the development of out understanding of the physical world, but it is not part of the physical world. It is a concept. That Tao is always the Tao.
Tony Van der Mude