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Mach, Ernst - What is an atom?



Type of spiritual experience


Such a short interesting little phrase.

The commonly accepted meaning of this is that as we cannot perceive an atom with our 5 senses then it has and may always be a concept of our thought - almost a philosophical concept and not a physical concept.

But there is also the meaning, which I believe to be intentionally meant as well, that the atom itself is a thing of 'thought', made up of the same stuff as thought - that is spirit.

A description of the experience

Ernst Mach

Atoms cannot be perceived with the senses they are things of thought.

The source of the experience

Mach, Ernst

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