chapter  8
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Phenomenal interdependence

Is co-consciousness an internal or an external relation? If a collection of items are internally related by a relation R, then the items could not exist just as they are, perhaps could not exist at all, without being so related to one another. This relatively crude formulation conceals further distinctions, which will be drawn in due course, but to address this question, however we formulate it, we need to investigate more deeply the nature of the relationship between experiences that co-consciousness creates, we need to examine in detail the relationship between individual experiences and the co-conscious wholes of which they are parts. Are co-conscious experiences bound together like stones in a heap, or like bricks cemented together into a wall, or are they bonded in some altogether more intimate manner?