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Democritus on how atoms formed objects

One of Democritus' question was how atoms made objects. He noticed that the world is constantly changing, dying, growing. The worlds flow, therefore atoms must flow. They can't just be still.

Democritus reasoned that atoms join into various combinations, then emit eidรดla (composite blobs of atoms) outward, like ripples in water. This atomic radiation is then picked up by us and translated into ideas or sensations.

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Two implications to Democritus' theory about atoms

  1. The world as we know it doesn't really exist. It is just incomprehensible atoms, and our minds create a reality out of these atoms.
  2. The world is entirely made up of atoms.

Democritus was then the first "determinist" in that he stated ...

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Democritus and the existence of atoms

Democritus and the existence of atoms

We know about atoms because of scientists and electron microscopes, but the idea goes back to the ancient Greeks.

Democritus first articulated the idea of atoms. He argued that it must exist. If we continually halved something, there would be no endpoint....

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