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Yes, it is. No, it is not.
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Reductionists/Materialists: Is Solidness an Illusion?

Since atoms are comprised of 99.99999999999% empty space; and since most people (particularly, reductionist/materialists) accede to the notion that everything is composed of atoms; would the title, then, follow from the two premises?

Yes, it is.

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No, it is not.

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At least somewhat. All we can be utterly sure of is that events transpire according to principles and conditions we are not fully aware of. We witness event complexes, but events we are not at all aware of influence them in ways we haven't even begun to explore.

Side: Yes, it is.

It is true that an atom is mostly comprised of empty space. SO what keeps you falling through the floor or putting your hand through a brick wall is the Nuclear Forces, made up of gluons, that bind the atom together. The strong force holds the nucleus together and the Weal nuke force holds the electrons in orbit around the nucleus.

In turn, individual atoms are linked into molecules. they are linked by either sharing electrons or swapping them with each other, on their outer shells. I believe that is called a covalent bond.

So no, the solidness is no illusion. If you think it is than try to put your head through a concrete wall!

The solidness affect comes from the forces between the particles, as I said. NOT matter itself. We think of matter as creating solidness--and it usually does in the every day physical world. But forces can also make the effect of being solid.

No. Not an illusion, but indeed atoms create their "feel" of solidness to us in ways that could be considered counter-intuitive.

Hope this helps.

Side: No, it is not.