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August 25, 2003


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Hmmm: how does a metaphysics of repetition reconcile with the infinite variability, the calculus, of a monadology? Does infinite repetition at some point cancel itself out in terms of its value as information, which would seem to depend on difference?


Context would change that, I suppose, where Jane2 is the same as Jane1, but branches into a different form through interaction with local spacetime.

Say more on the monad on this score?


I suspect you're right, B: context is the eternal variable. But I'm trying to press a metaphysical point here, and that just might be the point, actually: can we talk about a metaphysics of information (or repetition)? Metaphysics presupposes the traditional philosophical "head-wrap" around things, the godz-eye view, and within that, or something like that, contextual variation translates into a monadology at some point. To say more about that, as you ask: the monad, as I understand Leibnitz, is a purely ipseic iteration of all-that-is (ATI: that's the problematic concept here). The great thing about monads is that there's no end to them or to their variability from each other. In this sense, they're not really different from contextuality--in fact, they can be sufficiently understood in terms of perspective (please, any Leibnitzians out there, don't hammer me). I suppose the question for information theory is . . . well, not to put too fine a point on it, the one made by later Heidegger: it's a question of measure. What are we using to measure repetition? What's the sensitivity of the (conceptual) instrument we employ for this? To be honest, I think this is an unanswerable question and one that shows just how chiasmatically vexed the problem of metaphysics and information is.

Does this help?


You head for the subatomic, grind things finely enough, add context, and repetition disappears? Perhaps, and, if so, you've nixed Nietzsche's daemon.

More classical information theory, from Shannon, grinds things more coarsely. My mp3 is your mp3, or good enough.

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