Perception and consciousness according to  Leibniz-

The secret of perception. Particular minds and how they relate to the overall 
or Cosmic Mind 

The problem of perception in materialistic thinking is that it forces us to 
think that there is a fleshly homunculus 

Leibniz has a more complicated understanding of particular minds and how they 
relate to Cosmic Mind. 

In Leibniz's metaphysics, there is only one mind (the Perceiver or Cosmic Mind 
or God) that 
perceives and acts, doing this through the Surpreme (most dominant) monad. 
It perceives the whole universe with perfect clarity. 

Only it can perceive and act, because its monads (which includes our minds) 
have no windows. 
The monads (our minds) perceive only indirectly, as the Supreme Monad is the 
--what we would call-- "conscious" mind. We only think and perceive indirectly, 
as the Supreme Monad continually and instantly updates its universe of 
monads. Thus there is no problem communing with God (the Cosmic Mind) 
as we do so continually and necessarily, although only aqccording to our own 
and perspective. 

That we ourselves, not God, appear to be the perceiver is thus only apparent. 

Also, because Cosmic Mind sees the entire universe as viewed by a kaleidoscope 
individual monads, the perceptions it returns to us contains not only what 
we see (the universe from our own individual perspectives) but what the 
perceptions of all of the other monads. Thus each monad knows everything 
in the universe, but only from its own perspective, and monads being monads, 
not perfectly clear but distorted. 

Dr. Roger B Clough NIST (ret.) [1/1/2000]
See my Leibniz site at

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