For We Are Many

A machine, strictly speaking, can never be one thing. Rather, it must be a collection of things which are put together, meaning a machine can never have an existence given by nature. It has an inauthentic unity placed upon it by an artificer. Authentic unity is a oneness that is irreducible, if a thing is said to have parts but is essentially one, no knowledge of the parts without reference to the whole will yield real knowledge of the thing itself. Without the unified whole, the parts cease to be. This irreducible unity is known as life, and to confuse something whose parts exist in virtue of some unified whole with the mere aggregate is to mistake the living for the dead. That which is dead can never truly be one thing.

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