On 9/7/2012 8:32 AM, Roger Clough wrote:
Hi Stephen P. King I solved this problem my own way by simply asssuming that the universe from the beginning and before, as well as now and forever, exists as an infinite collection of points (monads).
Hi Roger, I agree with this.
So no problem with the creation of new things.
No, novelty is not a priori definable, by its very definition it cannot be considered to be given from the beginning! OTOH, we could stipulate that novelty is a concept that only individual monads that are not identical to each other can have, then novelty and "creation of new things" in general can be seen in a logically consistent fashion as local transient aspects and not pre-ordained or essence.
In principle they always were and simply grow or unfold when the time calls for it, then roll or fold up or whatever at the end of their useful lives.
In this veiw of reality, all of reality always consists in monadic space as an overlapping infinite set of points.
No, that is a contradiction of terms. Monads cannot be defined as "an overlapping infinite set of points" because "points" by definition have no extension and therefore can never overlap with each other. There is no such thing as a "monadic space" which might act as a container of multiple and distinct monads. Monads, as L defined them, cannot act or exist in that manner. Frankly, L's speculations about the "exterior aspects of Monads", found later on in his Monadology, papers, may be the consequence of drinking too much wine as they are completely inconsistent with his careful initial definitions of monads. We are all finite and fallible, even geniuses like Leibniz. :-(
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