Leibniz's platonism and the false problem of reductionism In physics and psychology we have two enigmas if materialism rules, those of spontaneous mental intentions (so that there is no free will) and also that of spontaneous (probabililistic) events such as we find in statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics.
But under Leibniz's platonism, these dilemmas vanish. Reductionism is the view that all mental processes can be reduced or explained by brain mechanisms. But true intentions, where physical actions are initiated by the mind, not the brain, obviously fail this test, so it is a puzzle swept under the rug by the cult of materialism. Free will also then disappears and creation is enigmatic. Leibniz's platonism is the inverse view in which all observed or possible brain functions are controlled by mind, so that reductionism vanishes as a problem and the will, with possibly some limitations, is free to create. All causes in Leibniz's world are thoughts. Similarly, if there is no need Dr. Roger B Clough NIST (ret.) [1/1/2000] See my Leibniz site at http://independent.academia.edu/RogerClough -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.