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Calling catalytic folds, or swim bladders or even “ice” as real emergent object turns the natural world into just physical objects with no place for concepts. The real world, the Tao, is real but transcends our ideas. But our ideas are the only way to understand reality.
Naturalism, to use a technical term from philosophy is Stanstance Monism. But materialists, like Dennett, try to argue away the existence of ideas. Ideas are not things that exist in a separate plane of Platonic existence. Instead they are a property of reality. This is a materialism called Property Dualism. One reality, two properties – physical and conceptual.
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