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What exactly is matter it is not an every day question that one asks ones own self When looked at there are many different views on this subject however because of the numerous numbers of different views it is only possible to look at three of the discourses The three discourses of matter to be looked at are the Religious Scientific and Philosophical Each discourse has evolved through time into the views that we know and accept today The distinction between these views on matter differs greatly however it is possible to say that all three views came from the same place This place being ancient Greece it was their belief in gods that brought about religion philosophy and then science The scientific view of matter has evolved over time Science for many centuries has been accompanied by philosophical thought throughout time the mixture of the two is very evident The beginnings of western science namely physics coincide with that of the first period of Greek philosophers Physics is in fact a term derived from the Greek word physis which means the endeavor of seeing the essential nature of all things Capra 1977 p 9 The basic ideas evolved from the Greek philosophers and philosophy remained a big part of science right up until the Newtonian view of the universe Newton had a mechanistic view of the universe He saw the universe as a three dimensional space This space was unchangeable and always stagnant In Newtons own words Absolute space in its own nature without regard to anything external remains always similar and immovable All changes in the physical world were described in terms of a separate dimension called time which again was absolute having no connection to the material world and flowing smoothly from the past through the present to the future Capra 1977 p 43 The things which made up the absolute space and time were material particles These were perceived
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