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Atom Qi The atom is the smallest portion of a substance that is not perceivable by human senses The notion of atoms was conceived by ancient Greeks and was developed over thousands of years of scientific inquiry The concept of qi as the most basic substance of which the world everything is comprised was understood by the ancient Chinese Both atom and qi are believed to exist by human beings and both are considered to be unseen objects until we could see atoms recently However they lead to different interpretations of natural phenomena the concept of the atom was developed in relation to materiality whereas qi is relavant to spirituality The historical progression towards a belief in atoms promoted the deduction of atoms throughout centuries Nowadays the atom is universally believed by people to exist as the result of scientific evidence In contrast qi is not believed to be a scientific phenomena and is considered a religious or superstitious belief As a result in order to demonstrate the existence of qi and make it conceivable by modern physicists the use of the scientific method becomes the qi researchers best tool In addition while qi and the atom were both conceived by ancient philosophers the notion of the atom was better developed by scientists than the idea of qi Therefore by looking back at the historical progression towards a belief in atoms and the deduction of their structure we know how scientists built up the atomic theory Consequently the concept of historical progression will help us understand why the notion of qi is hard to define by physicists and how it could be developed into a scientific theory HISTORICAL PROGRESSION TOWARDS A BELIEF IN ATOMS The concept of the atom originated in Greek philosophy around six hundred BC with the question What is the world made of Sachs 9 Thales first suggested that water is the basic building block of
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