Perhaps the word "subsevient" was ill chosen. Systems Theory imples that the parts cannot be "understood" without reference to the whole. This is the epistemological opposite of reductionist approach.

This paper by Bernard Scott explains the approach and gives a possible line for theologists to explore.

I myself would not take that line, but I am not adverse to a concept of "holistic consciousness".

Edited by eccles (04/28/09 04:13 PM)