I arrived at the conclusion there is something that makes creatures more than the sums of their parts. I cannot find an exact English word to call it by, but Atemseele and Atman are pretty close, the 'vital breath'.
Well, I do believe "there is something that makes creatures more than the sums of their parts". To be honest, I think there is a fact about it, something make the multiple, one. But I think we cant have knowledge about it. We dont know if that unity is given by our soul, or it is just a sustantive, an empty word, even a noise. Most of the time is not a trouble for me. Some times I believe that the human abilitie to have a language, to make culture, to share an space biger than themselfs is the key to understand this things. Sometimes when I feel realy great, (listening music, reading a great book, or just spending some time with my wife and the little baby) I believe in something bigger, something powerfull, like a god or Atman, we could say. The worst day I think all of this is just an ilusion and empty idea created by the structure of our language, by the sustantive, the subject.
But the real thing is we cant know too much about this. My previous words are based on my own feelings and states of my mind. Is not a genuine philosophical reaserch.
I think, Granny, is a fact we cant resolve this empiricly, the science have very little tools to take the lead on this discusion.
What differentiates a conscious being is this: if we work a lot, and I mean a lot, If we study and we do a lot of efforts, if we have luck, and if the rest of the world help us, we could make our own fate, we could choose and be the owners of ourselves, and we could have our freedom. May be. Is just a little chance. But machines dont have it. Software. Software is the difference.
PS to the new members of the forum: Usually we are funny and happy people, we are just having hard days now
PS2: Sorry, my english is not good enough to talk about this things. I readed Quine, Russell and others in english at college, but I cant remember anithing of that
PS3: When I say "software" I think in "La biblioteca de babel" (The babel library) of JL Borges, http://jubal.westnet.com/hyperdiscordia/library_of_babel.html