Synergy

‘Love is greater than the sum of its parts.’
     Or is it?

Why do we assume that the experience of shared love is greater than the sum of 
     its parts, the sum of the individual love that is shared? Why do we insist that 
     love is greater than its total and not equal to the total?
Is this a problem of words and their meaning, a semantic issue?

Although we see an increased effectiveness in those who work together, we 
     observe no direct evidence that the combined effort is greater than the SUM of 
     its parts.

Consider music, food, or sport. Name your passion.
When listening to a powerful or sublime piece of music,
is our listening experience the result of everything that is contained within the 
     music, plus what we bring to it? Or are there are other factors contributing 
     to the experience? Same with a great painting, an inspired meal, or a winning 
     season.
If so, what are these invisible ‘greater than’ elements or forces? 
     Are they apprehendable or measurable? If not, how or why do we imagine or 
     ‘experience’ them?

I propose, in the case of mutual love and other passions, that the mysterious 
     ‘greater than the sum of its parts’ is not really a synergetic effect, but a myth, 
     an unfounded belief in what is, in reality, a natural emergence of complex 
     brain interactions.
 
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