B-Dependent Theory (The Theory of Atomism as a Background-Dependent Theory)
Published: November 8, 2009


In physics, background refers to the circumstances or events surrounding or leading to an explanations or conclusion about the nature of the universe and natural phenomena. A background-dependent theory is a theory that relies on a background view of the universe for determining and explaining natural phenomena.

The Theory of Atomism is such a theory. The Theory of Atomism holds the void and time as the absolute background arenas within which things happen. Their natures are fixed for all eternity, and so is the nature of the atoms that move within them and make things happen. The void does not change and morph. And, time remains constant, passing at the same rate for everyone and everything.

The Theory of Atomism uses the absolutes of the void and time to give meaning to the things that change, like the positions and motions of the eternal atoms and non-eternal aggregates of atoms.

Being a background- dependent theory, The Theory of Atomism opposes background-independent theories that deny the absolute nature of the void and time, such as Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. This theory claims that the void changes and morphs and that time does not pass at the same rate for everyone.