Leibniz on sensory experience Leibniz maintained that all causation is mental.
This appears to contradict sensory experiences such as being pricked by a pin, for the cause of the experience would seem to originate in the body with the prick. There are a number of resolutions to this apparent dilemma, my own being that the cause of the pain is not the sensory nerve signal itself, but the mental perception of the nerve signal, for the pain is felt mentally by the perceiver, although it may appear to come from the site of the pin prick. So the perceiver is the causal agent, not the body. This is not dissimilar to other bodily events such as the feeling of fear or other emotions. The actual feeling I believe is caused by the mental perception of the fear, which may originate in diffuse regions of the brain or other organs and be perceived from nerve signals from the brain or other bodily sites. 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.