Leibniz's Platonic Physics Leibniz's idealistic or platonic physics seems to me, a nonphysicist, to possibly obviate the need for quantum mechanics due to the preestablished harmony.
I apologize for any errors. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/leibniz-physics/ To partly summarize Leibniz's platonic physics: 1. Leibniz's universe is platonic or mental (Idealism) whose reality consists completely of monads, which are the mental representations (complete logical concepts, ie subjects with a complete set of predicates) of physical bodies. 2. Because of the nature of perception by the One, http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/leibniz-mind/ each monad contains the perceptions or states of all of the other monads in the universe. 2.Space and time are not monads, but their effects are representated as a "pre-established harmony". essentialy a theory of mental or platonic causation, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-established_harmony This is a mental map of spacetime (which itself is mental) that predicts the paths of all bodies from the beginning of the universe to the end based, on the laws of physics (Newtonian physics and particle physics). 3. Time by itself is not physical, but is, as one might expect in a platonic physics, it is perceived only as an intuition (see Kant also) and as perceived is quantized as the One can see all monads only at particular instances. Space (which does not physically exist) is mental but continuous 4. Causation in Leibniz is platonic, that is to say, completely mental, and simply follows the pattern of the pre-established harmony. In this, a monad at spacetime A (which contains the states of all of the other monads) is perceived by the One and moved to spacetime B (possibly next to A). 5. Since this physics applies to all monads (bodies or particles of any size) and these completely comprise the platonic universe, it could possibly replace quantum mechanics at small scales. 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 email@example.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.