# A Summary of Peirce, Leibniz and Sheldrake on habits

```A Summary of Peirce, Leibniz and Sheldrake on habits

Habits are the results of of the taming of random ensembles```
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Leibniz states that there are two kinds of logic,

a) necessary logic, which is always true (the timeless logic of Heaven or
Platonia), and

b) contingent logic, which is the time-based logic of earth , also called modal
logic.

One puzzle is if there are a) things always true and b) other things only
sometimes (or somewhere) true,
couldn't there be a conflict ?

Your concept of morphic resonance, or Peirce's Thirdness, might be the
solution,
namely that habits are link between these two fields above:

Habits are the tendencies (but not quite the necessity) of things to be true
down here.

>From a Christian perspective, the presence of the Kingdom of God in the
>Kingdom of Earth.
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Also, you can think of Peirce's categories using a classical black box model.

Firstness = input signal (contingent world, chance)

Secondness = the black box or filter, which does the signal processing or
convolution of input signal of contingent phenomena against law or mechanism.

Thirdness = output signal (habit or tendencyt for lawful behavior)

This also works for evolution, one verswion of which might be:

Firstness = randomly chosen gene

Secondness = that gene tested in a real situation

Thirdness= surviving gene or new habit

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IMHO morphic resonance could be understood as modification of lawless behavior
subjected to a lawful universe

They've put hidden optical speed detectors on my neighborhood streets
to slow down traffic. If you don't see the detectors and speed through,
you a speed ticket. Gradually everybody tends to slow down to meet the
legal speed limit.

A wild speculation is perhaps quantum mechanics behavior gradually
adapts to enstein behavior in such a way.

[Roger Clough], [rclo...@verizon.net]
1/3/2013
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." - Woody Allen
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From: chris kramer
Time: 2013-01-02, 17:43:50
Subject: Re: Re: [Mind and Brain] The Triune World: Various

Thanks Roger.
What are your thoughts on his notions of belief and habit?

Chris

From: Roger Clough
To: "- mindbr...@yahoogroups.com"
Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 6:14 AM
Subject: Re: Re: [Mind and Brain] The Triune World: Various Representations

Hi chris kramer

Keep in mind that pragmatism doesn't have a metaphysics
or ontology (an overall picture of reality, in which the particular
can be obtained analytuically from the general).

Instead, Peirce's praqgmatism is an epistempology
(a method of synthetically obtaining a general from a particular).

Only the method is defined (the categories),
not what they obtain. The method is essentially
that of experimental science, not scientific
theory. Closer to Aristotle.

So I would class Peirce's statements
on ontology or God as typical of any scientist today,
namely pretty much of a personal belief.

I prefer Leibniz for a more ontological picture of
God as that platonic entity (the One) which views and
works on reality through the Supreme Monad (which could
possibly be Jesus, Leibniz doesn't say).

[Roger Clough], mailto:rclo...@verizon.net]
1/2/2013
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." - Woody Allen
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From: chris kramer
Time: 2013-01-01, 14:00:11
Subject: Re: [Mind and Brain] The Triune World: Various Representations

The attachments of the original message is as following:
(1). peirce
Roger,
Does Peirce provide an understandable account of that which can exist wholly
independent of anything (everything) else? I am assuming he refers to God; that
which is ontologically independent. But what exactly can this mean?

I am also interested in Peirce's notion of the "fixation of belief" and its
contrast with the "irritation of doubt." When habits form, it seems we are less
inclined to experiecne that irritation of doubt; this could be good, the they
are good habits, or beliefs that somehow track the truth, or more
pragmatically, provide a "cash value" for the believer; but could it not also
Thanks,

Chris

From: Roger Clough
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Sent: Monday, December 31, 2012 6:39 AM
Subject: [Mind and Brain] The Triune World: Various Representations of Peirce's

The Triune World: Various Representations of Peirce's Triads

[Roger Clough], [rclo...@verizon.net] 12/31/2012
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." - Woody Allen
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