An intention is a desire in the form of thought,
so is nonphysical, as are all of the processes of mind. 
In Leibniz's philosophy, intentions are
essentially what L calls "appetites" in
monads. They are goal-directed, 
following what Aristotle called "end causation",
which are potential, pulling forces,characteristic
of life, rather than the effective, acting or "pushing" forces
characteristic of mechanics.

Roger Clough,
Leibniz would say, "If there's no God, we'd have to invent him 
so that everything could function."
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From: meekerdb 
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Time: 2012-09-06, 11:38:19
Subject: Re: Sane2004 Step One

On 9/5/2012 11:18 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote: 
Intention is not magic and doesn't need hypothetical permission to exist. If 
your words are random ricochets of quantum radioactive decay or thermodynamic 
anomalies, then they are meaningless noise. You can't account for them because 
any accounting you can produce with your fingertips is only the random 
twitchings of your nervous system. Your view that denies the very reality of 
intention that you employ to state your denial. The fact that you deny that it 
does shows me that you are only capable of framing the question in the one way 
that it can never be answered. Your view is to say, I choose to deny my ability 
to choose.

No, that is a misconception.  Simply because there is some randomness at a 
molecular level doesn't make the whole process noise.  Or looked at another way 
the structure of you brain amplifies and shapes the noise and combines it with 
perception to produce your actions in a way that we recognize as constituting 
your consistent character.


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