Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Automation

“It is unworthy of excellent men to lose hours like slaves in the labor of calculation which could safely be relegated to anyone else if machines were used.”

[Commending, in 1685, to astronomers his hand-cranked calculating machine, which he invented in 1673]

Consciousness

““If you could blow the brain up to the size of a mill and walk about inside, you would not find consciousness.”

Cosmic Optimism

“This is the best of all possible worlds.”

Interconnectedness of All Things

“This interconnection or accommodation of all created things to each other, and each to all the others, brings it about that each simple substance has relations that express all the others, and consequently, that each simple substance is a perpetual, living mirror of the universe.”

Principle of Sufficient Reason

“Nihil est sine ratione.” [There is nothing without a reason.]