Rather it is the whole that already exists that has parts that can be separately considered, but are integral to the system as a whole.

Very wise bringing up the binding problem.
Here is what I believe is the source of the problem.
I believe there is assumption that these are elements used for construction of a consciousness. In short, there is an underlying assumption that you can take x, y, z and build it and yet, it seems not possible, so this is considered a problem.
Yet, the problem dissolves when one is relieved of the need for mathematizing the issue.

Consider them simultaneously as “parts of” the consciousness already existing, rather than assuming state of no consciousness as being valid.

Invalidate the no-consciousness that contains only parts, validate the consciousness-as-valid first, and then all of the parts become aspects of consciousness.

It is like constructing a car. all of the parts added together do not make a car.

A car is something that helps you go from one place to another.

It’s constituents do not make up a car. An engine is not a car. Wheels are not a car. In fact, a car that sits in a parking lot isn’t really a car at all. It’s a piece of metal on wheels with stuff inside.

It is not a car until it is doing car-like things.

A consciousness is only a consciousness when it is doing consciousness-like things.

It’s not the parts add up to the whole.

Rather it is the whole that already exists that has parts that can be separately considered, but are integral to the system as a whole.

In short, systems thinking solves the issue completely.

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