For any kind of network of connected components, emergent behavior makes the sum greater than its parts.

Connecting nodes together in meaningful ways creates a network where the relationships between nodes provides more value than the nodes themselves.

Connecting thoughts together yields understanding and creativity.

Is understanding an emergent characteristic from connecting thoughts together?

What does this mean for our understanding of the world?

We are the universe trying to understand itself. Life itself is an emergent characteristic from the universe.