Inner depths of inner space

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Inner depths of inner space

Post by Quasar »

We all know the land of the Quantum field where we have Electrons orbitting the Nucleus of an atom. We know that we can break up the nucleus into its constituant parts i.e the Proton and the Neutron. We then move onto the Quarks and their six constituant parts then onto Gluons and Muons etc and so forth. If we continue on our downward or inner trend we would expect i should imagine smaller and smaller constituant parts of the next level we come across. When we do travel down to those depths time itself is getting pretty thin on the ground or should I say pretty fast on the ground because our ability to measure those relevant distances between those constituant parts diminishes the futher and further we look. Therefore you could say we no longer have the time available to be able to measure those distances. You might have to say to yourself 'hold on a minute' there has to be a limit to how small something can be' but on the other side of the barrier we don't limit ourselves to how large the Universe can be. So lets keep going down and down and down into the depths of inner space. Can anyone suggest a reason for this pattern to stop before inner space carries on into infinity?
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Post by brian livesey »

It used to be thought that the smallest thing possible is the Atom, which was regarded as a discreet, indivisible, hard particle.
The German mathematician and philosopher, Leibnitz, saw the fallacy of this by pointing out that the Atom has a right side and a left side, so it must be divisible.
Leibnitz came to the conclusion that the smallest of the smallest must be non-material ( in the sense of "hard" matter ), spiritual, entities that he called monads.
The irreducible nowadays is referred to as a probablity wave, or wave of potential. Physicist would say that they are dealing with mathematical concepts here, and that we shouldn't fall into the trap of thinking that probability waves actually exist. The true reality is in the observational data itself, meaning what we actually experience through our sense-perceptions, plus what might be there that falls outside of our ken, but which can't exist for us.
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