Remaking America by George Shollenberger, Idea XXXVIII (The science of Gottfried Leibniz, Part XVII)
Since the 1970s, most of the world’s scientists and logicians have become followers of Aristotle, even though Aristotle’s logic was dropped by many scientists and theologians in Europe before the Renaissance. Aristotle was a student of Plato. But, at their time, Plato and Aristotle became different thinkers. Aristotle became the first Western world logician. And Plato became the first Western world dialectician. Long before Plato became a dialectician, Far East thinkers used Yin Yang and were dialecticians. So, Far East theologians have lived with dialectical thinking for a long time.
In the USA, what is the difference between our logicians and dialecticians? A U.S. logician will use only ‘either/or’ statements. However, a U.S. dialectician will use two different statements --- ‘either/or’ statements and ‘both/and’ statements. Thus, a logician will work only with ‘excluded middle oppositions.’ But a dialectician will work with both ‘excluded middle oppositions’ and ‘included middle oppositions.’ Today’s U.S. logicians and scientists reject all ‘both/and’ statements and call them non sequiturs. They think this way because they say that living things come from non living things. So, U.S. logicians and scientists view all things as mechanical things. Such things are passive and have no active soul.
Plato shows how a dialectician thinks in his Sophist at 257b. There, he says, When we speak of ‘that which is not,’ it seems that we do not mean something contrary to what exists but only something that is different. These words cause our minds to think above logic and accept coexisting oppositions such as ‘permanence’ and ‘change.’
I used Plato’s negative when I was seeking the origin of all finite things in the universe. I found that the origin of all finite things must be something different but also be something positive. Since this different thing is something that is ‘not finite,‘ the positive nature of it is ‘infinite.’ Thus, I concluded that al finite things must come from, and be connected to, something infinite that exist is a higher world. As seen, Plato’s negative reveals God’s attributes. God is thus hidden from the minds of our logicians and scientists because they are limiting their thoughts to logical reasoning.
Obviously, Plato’s negative method of thinking is an unknown method of today’s scientists and logicians. For instance, look at the atheistic reviews of my book (The First Scientific Proof of God) in Amazon.com. (click) All five book reviews are from atheists who do not know about Plato’s negative method of thinking. Beyond rejecting my book, these atheists are also selling Aristotle’s logic. Since, Americans have taken the advice of these atheists about my book, it is clear that Americans are becoming followers of atheists. The impact is that Americans are losing the independence that God gave them.
Atheists are also selling atheism to Americans. This can be seen in my Amazon.com book reviews of books written by atheists. (click) In my Amazon.com book review of atheistic books, it is also clear that atheists are trying to convince Americans that the work of Friedrich Hegel is junk. Yet, Hegel knows and uses Plato’s negative in his godly book on the "Phenomenology of Spirit." So, there is a major effort in the USA to reject God, my writings, and the writings of Plato, Leibniz, and Hegel.
Tomorrow, I will show how Leibniz used Plato’s negative to develop truths about the human soul