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I couldn't understand the red text in the following paragraph, so please help me.

We live in a time when this process is newly understood. Still it is complex in the extreme. But all the systems are complex in the extreme. That we are able to understand them as well as we do does not detract from the miracle. Indeed, understanding it reveals it to be even more of a miracle.
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The fact that we can understand these systems to the degree that we do understand them

does not mean that the process is less like a miracle.

In fact, understanding (this process) shows that the process is more like a miracle.
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The idea is that greater knowledge about the process does not lead us to think that the process is less miraculous than we originally thought; it leads us to think that the process is more miraculous.

CJ

We live in a time when this process is newly understood. Still it is complex in the extreme. But all the systems are complex in the extreme. That we are able to understand them as well as we do does not detract from the miracle. Indeed, understanding it reveals it to be even more of a miracle.
Hi CJ

Before you explained the above text, I was reading it as:
That we are able to understand them - as well as we do does not detract from the miracle.

I believe it should be read as:
That we are able to understand them as well as we do - does not detract from the miracle.

''-'' represents the short pause and it denotes the unit within a sentence which can make sense, at least some, as the individual part.

What do you say?
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Before you explained the above text, I was reading it as:
That we are able to understand them - as well as we do does not detract from the miracle.
Ah! I see. I did not realize it was that part of the structure that you were having trouble with.
As you have now seen, this is not the correct reading.
I believe it should be read as:
That we are able to understand them as well as we do - does not detract from the miracle.
Yes. This is how it should be read. You are correct.
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The structure involved is somewhat strange for being nearly redundant.

... because we understand them as well as we do.
Knowing the subject as thoroughly as he does, he can ...
It is amazing that she plays the guitar as beautifully as she does.


The paraphrase with so usually carries the same meaning:

... because we understand them so well.
Knowing the subject so thoroughly, he can ...
It is amazing that she plays the guitar so beautifully.


CJ
That we are able to understand them as well as we do does not detract from the miracle.

Would it be wrong if the above sentence is written as:
That we are able to understand them as well as we do does not detract them from being the miracle?
Would it be wrong if the above sentence is written as:
That we are able to understand them as well as we do does not detract them from being the miracle?
Yes. That would be wrong. The grammar of the verb detract does not allow that combination. (Also, you need a miracle, not the miracle.)

You would need:

That we are able to understand them as well as we do does not detract from their being a miracle.
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In your version you are actually using the grammatical pattern for the verb prevent, so you can say this:

That we are able to understand them as well as we do does not prevent them from being a miracle.

CJ
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Hi CJ

Original version: That we are able to understand them as well as we do does not detract from the miracle.

Your version: That we are able to understand them as well as we do does not detract from their being a miracle.

Your version makes good sense to me. Is the original version correct? It seemed, at least to me, that some words had been missed from the original sentence before you substituted them again.
Hi Jim

I'm waiting for your reply.

With very best wishes
Jackson
Original version: That we are able to understand them as well as we do does not detract from the miracle.

Your version: That we are able to understand them as well as we do does not detract from their being a miracle.

.......

Is the original version correct?
Yes!

CJ
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