Hi Stephen P. King 

Your rejection of anthromorpic representations
seems to rule out Leibniz's metaphysics, 
since L is thoroughly anthropomorphic. The
monads of corporeal bodies all contain 
hypothetical homunculi of various degrees 
of awareness.

Which brings up a related issue.
How does personhood apply to a monad ?
Do rocks or their monads have 1 p ?

The short answer is IMHO monads are the result of
some sort of 3p and do not contain 1p,
even if you allow rocks to perceive.

For an attempt at explaining this, see below:

With Leibniz, nothing is simple, but fortunately 
he has given the monadology as a logical toolkit
to figure out many undocumented issues.

Consider, given a corporeal body as object,
what its monad must contain. It seems
reasonable that an object can only perceive 
(and reflect back to other monads) what it itself 
is capable of doing.  A rock, for example, could 
only perceive forces (gravity, for example, or
the weight of a man).

Quite frankly, I don't know how a rock can 
perceive (have 1p), since it is an inanimate object. 
But even given that, all that we can report are its 
own objects of perception (3p reflections).  
Leibniz does this by having each monad, presumably 
even a rock in this universe of monads, "reflect" 
the perceptions of all of the other monads in 
the universe. 

There are three ontological levels possible in an 
object (physical, feeling, intellect), so that the 
information in each level would be sorted out into 
the three corresponding levels in the 
hypothetical homunculus always given in the monad.

Some monads (of rocks) would contain only the
physical level, others (of vegetables, animals) 
the physical + feeling levels, others (men) 
physica + feelking +intellect.

[Roger Clough], [rclo...@verizon.net] 
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen 

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From: Stephen P. King 
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Time: 2012-12-20, 15:58:08 
Subject: Re: the only truth we can understand is a man-made object 

On 12/20/2012 4:29 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote: 

On 18 Dec 2012, at 22:12, Stephen P. King wrote: 

On 12/18/2012 3:28 PM, meekerdb wrote: 

On 12/18/2012 10:27 AM, Stephen P. King wrote: 
On 12/18/2012 12:51 PM, meekerdb wrote: 

On 12/17/2012 11:51 PM, Quentin Anciaux wrote: 
 Which implies there is some measure of 'true' other than 'provable'. 

What do you mean ? that provable true is truer ? 

No, just that there must be propositions we judge to be true that aren't 


Hi Brent, 

    How do we defend such "propositions we judge to be true that aren't 
provable" from claims of subjectivity? 

Of course being provable does eliminate subjectivity - it just pushes it back 
to the axioms. Generally what we mean by objective is that there is almost 
universal subjective agreement, e.g. given any number x there is a successor of 
x not equal to x. So if there is some proposition of arithmetic that everyone 
agrees must be true, then it's as 'objective' as the axioms and as 'objective' 
as anything proven from the axioms even though it is not provable from them. 


Hi Brent, 

    You have written the magic words! "... if there is some proposition of 
arithmetic that everyone agrees must be true". This is exactly what I am 
talking about with my banter about "truth obtaining from agreements between 
mutually communicating observers". We remove the subjectivity of the individual 
by spreading it out over many individuals. When we have many individuals in 
agreement, the disagreement by one of them is inconsequential. This is the laws 
of large numbers at work. ;-) 

OK for politics, but not for science. That would be worst than solipsism, that 
would be nationalism, that is collective solipsism. 

Dear Bruno, 

    Could you stop with your anthropocentric bias for once in your life? 
"Everyone", as I used the word, about is not just human beings. Yes, it is 
collective solipsism. It has a name: Multisolipsism. 

    It is we we consider all entities that are capable of being defined as 
having a 1p and that are capable of communication with each other. This 
includes, for instance, every electron, every quark, every proton, every atom, 
every molecule, every animal, every planet, every solar system, every galaxy, 
... any entity capable of having a 1p and that their individual 1p includes 
aspects that are bisimilar to aspects of the 1p of others. 
    What you need to understand is that the mereology of the systems that can 
have a 1p cannot be confined to a unique partition of some irreducible set of 
primitives in a regular or well founded way. You need to understand the 
statistical implication of non-well foundedness! 

    The "nationalist allegiance" here, to use your strange metaphor, would be 
to the Reality that all of them - the entities with 1p - participate in. Did 
you notice the huge number of entities that have to be considered, in my 
discussion with LizR? As it stands, we need to consider at least 10^23 entities 
just to take into account smallish phenomena at our human level, because that 
is the average number of entities that are at our level of substitution as an 
ensemble of equivalence. This is well known in chemistry and engineering... 

In science all argument per authority are invalid, and to invoke majority would 
be the best way to kill the possibility of progress. history shows that in 
science, very often, those who are "right" are a minority for some period, 
which is normal in front of the unknown. 

    Rubbish, you are being a hypocrite, invoking that "truth from authority" 
crap. I am a minority of one here. So my minority status beats your minority 
status every day all day. Do we really need to "go there" and act like 
children? You really should take a class on statistic taught by an engineer and 
not a cloistered academic mathematician. I am merely trying to make the 
principles of COMP useful to an engineer, because, as I have been explaining to 
LizR, I see a use for comp. 

    We have many entities that are available to agree that 2+2=4 (for all sizes 
of 2 and 4 that we can find), 

People agree that 2+2=4 because it is a simple truth which follow from simple 

    Sure, and those people don't notice that the universe is not "everything 
that I can see with my eyes, touch with my hands, hear with my ears, smell with 
my nose, etc." The universe is far far more than we can distinguish at our 
level of substitution which is a function of our very coarse measurements. I am 
considering way more than "people". I am considering any and every entity with 
a 1p. If you believe that only people have a 1p, then well.... 

2^90 entities at least! Every particle that exist in our universe that can hold 
a bit of data and all possible combinations of them that agree on some "laws of 
physics". If we take this finite number to be infinite then things change; we 
are not able to take about measures that are relative to agreements in 
populations of entities and must be capable of comprehending that simple fact. 
    Granting ourselves imaginary powers of omniscience or to some imaginary 
Platonic proxy does not change anything when we are considering the degeneracy 
of the very idea of a measure in the case of infinities. 

Measure theory has been invented to define measure on all kinds of sets, 
especially infinite one. (Riemann measure, Lebesgues, etc.). 

    I understand that and in the process of the invention (or discovery) many 
things are completely neglected. Things like the laws of thermodynamics. 



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