Why life is impossible to understand in the materialistic model of existence.
There are two completely different, but coincident, ways of conceiving
1. Cartesian Materialism. This is the obvious physical or objective view, in
which physical objects--
those which we see as extended in spacetime-- are acted upon by extensive forces
outside of them. Existence is objective and is treated by physical science.
2. Leibnizian Idealism. This is the view of existence as seen mentally from
inside, as subjective
(nonextended) ideas, not objective bodies in spacetime, acted upon inside by
not by outside objective forces. Existence is subjective or mental. Leibniz's
world of monads.
According to Leibniz these two worlds are coincident and, in their own way,
but there is no provision in the objective model for intentional, intelligent
since these are subjective acts. And life is impossible without such an
Dr. Roger B Clough NIST (ret.) [1/1/2000]
See my Leibniz site at
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