1) In his classic work on evolution, Chance and Necessity,
Jacques Monod describes this natural process as consisting
of a combination of chance mutations (contingency), which are blind
but free, and necessity, which knows what it is doing but can
do no other.
If that is a basis for modellin the mind or the world, I would
think that comp should also contain these two elements:
Platonia= necessity and lawful
Contingia= probabilistic but blind.
But to my knowledge, although there are very good algorithms for simulating
randomness, there is no such thing as a means of generating pure randomness
with a computer program. However, if appearances will do, a computer can
emulate reality, if reality follows Monad's model.
2) Some have asked if Platonia can also rule the contingent. I don't know
if Monod gets into this issue in his book, but probability theory says that,
in the large, chance must follow certain laws or rules, so that in the large,
chance is not entirely blind.
To my mind, Leibniz however did express a similar idea i his book
The Principles of Nature and Grace, wherein in perception, we see the
many in the one. This indicates that Platonia is capable of guiding
the many contingent operations of this world (chance) in the large,
in terms of certain laws (necessity).
If I may add a theodical observation, this also appears to be the way God
acts in this world, in terms of the many, which one might call Providence,
instead of the one (me personally). He would order the Isreaelites to
kill an entire family. men women and children. Or in the Flood, kill
everybody in the world except Noah and his family. And he let the
rain fall on the good as well as the evil.
[Roger Clough], [rclo...@verizon.net]
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen
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