On 9/5/2012 12:57 PM, Roger Clough wrote:
Hi Bruno Marchal
You raise an interesting point If all of the monads had to be
existing at the beginning of the universe, what if I build
a new computer ?
The point is that the physical "stuff" is NOT ontologically
primitive. It emerges from harmonies of agreement between the monads.
These harmonies have labellings in terms of time and location but only
as relata of the monads. The monads are eternal, but their perceptions
are finite and contingent on each other. This idea rehabilitates the
Pre-established Harmony by showing that the "pre-established" portion of
the concept is both unnecessary and problematic. God's creative act is
an eternal process, not a special event that occurs only once as we
could think of it. It occurs only once for God, surely, but God has no
time, nor space, nor any particular properties of its own. The monads
*are* the agents of creation in the sense that they generate
definiteness of properties.
I believe Leibniz's discussion of plants
and seeds would relate to that. In the case of plants,
each has a monad that started out as a miniscule seed
(all enwrapped in itself) that then opens up, develops and grows.
There are seeds within seeds within seeds etc. I will at this point claim
with some uncertainty that computers are somehow like that,
making up compound monads which when pulled apart and
separated similarly have a monad.
These would be "bare naked" monads, with little intelligence
or much awareness, but being half-asleep and as if drugged out.
I believe there are and infitie number of monads in the universe,
since these take up no space and each is a point representing
a piece of reality. So the universe to begin with and even now had to be
a collection of an inifinite number of discrete points or monads.
To continue, if the machine is attached to a monad, God can perceive it.
A machine however would only have a bare naked monad.
It seems I may h
Could you complete your sentence?
Roger Clough, rclo...@verizon.net <mailto:rclo...@verizon.net>
Leibniz would say, "If there's no God, we'd have to invent him
so that everything could function."
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