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The Way of Systems

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This web site has seen many changes over the years though if there is one thread of continuity which runs through the content it has much to do with the concept of systems.

A system is an entity which maintains its existence
through the mutual interaction of its parts.

The key emphasis here is one of "mutual interaction," in that something is occurring between the parts, over time, which maintains the system. A system is different than a heap or a collection, mostly.

Associated with the idea of system is a principle called emergence. From the mutual interaction of the parts of a system there arise characteristics which can not be found as characteristic of any of the individual parts.

One has to study the system to get a true understanding of wetness. Studying the parts will not provide an appropriate understanding.

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