>From Leibniz: gravity is the universal striving toward a more perfect beauty
James Collins, in chapter III, section 3 of "The Continental Rationalists", [Bruce publishing, 1967] discusses the metaphysics of Leibniz, in particular Leibniz's belief that the universe is striving toward a more perfect harmony, which is unity. In other words, the universe is heading toward the convergence of Plato's Many to Plato's One. You may recall that beauty is the presence of unity in diversity, so this would be a striving toward a more perfect beauty (unity). We so not know that Leibniz actually developed a theory of gravity based on this concept, but it would seem to be a natural observation. This universal convergence also corresponds to Leibniz's theory of universal perception, in which the mental universe is an infinite collection of monads (which range from people to rocks) perceiving each other from their various standpoints, with their perceptions constantly converging via the One toward a "face-to-face" positioning. Note that all physical interactions in Idealism are actually caused mentally, so that a change in perceptions of monads constitutes a change in positions or other perceived attributes such as shape or temperature as well as mood. The changes are not actually caused by interactions between monads (since being independent, there can be no relations between monads) but are caused by the One in its search for a more perfect harmony or unity. Dr. Roger B Clough NIST (ret.) [1/1/2000] See my Leibniz site at http://independent.academia.edu/RogerClough --- This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus protection is active. http://www.avast.com -- 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.