Teaching Postmodern Physics
Published: January 01, 2009


In my thinking, postmodern physics is a name for the branch of knowledge that physicists use to call natural philosophy, a branch of knowledge that conjoined physics and metaphysics to describe the nature of the universe as a whole. It is the natural philosophy that began anew with the publication of my book, The End of Pseudo-Science in 2007. This book, which contains essays refuting false scientific theories taught in schools, colleges and universities, brought back the Greek theory of Atomism as the fundamental theory of the nature of the universe. This theory maintains that the universe is made of atoms and kenon, and that there is nothing else. It explains that atoms are the smallest particles of matter that can exist: the ultimate and smallest division of matter. Matter is the name given in physics to anything that takes up, or occupies, space and has mass. Atomism tells us that if matter is repeatedly cut up, the end result will be uncuttable particles of matter or atoms. The word atoms comes from the Greek word atomos, meaning uncuttable. In modern physics, mass is defined as the amount of matter that makes up an object. In postmodern physics, which is based on the theory of Atomism, mass is a measure of the number of atoms that make up an object, an object being an aggregate of atoms; there is no other kind of object. All objects are made up of atoms and Kenon, which is the pure empty space that separates atoms and in or through which they move.

Atomism explains that the interaction of atoms ultimately causes all the different phenomena in nature including heat, light, sound and electricity. Nothing can come into existence without atoms. Since it is impossible for atoms to come into existence out of nothing or pass away into nothing, they are eternal and indestructible. They give permanence to the existence of matter and, therefore, to the universe. Matter cannot be destroyed into nothing, but only broken up into constituent atoms.

Let it be clearly understood that the atoms that I am talking about are not the fictitious atoms of modern physics that have been split into subatomic particles – protons, neutrons, and electrons. Those are really misnamed particles. I will reiterate: The word atom comes from the Greek word atomos, meaning uncuttable. If the description of a particle does not fit this definition of an atom, it cannot be an atom. In my book The End of Pseudo-Science (2007), I gave the atom of modern physics a new name, thom, which is the first part of the surname of the English physicist Joseph John Thomson who misnamed it an atom back in 1904. I did this to acknowledge Thomson as the inventor of that fictitious particle. I believe that this is the best way to make a distinction between the thom and the atom and to reserve the word atom for its special purpose in Atomism: a metaphysical name for ultimate reality and causality.

Modern physics was governed by Quantum Theory and Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Both of these theories were based on the existence of a fictitious thing called energy, that interacts with matter to produce all the different phenomena in nature. Einstein claimed that matter can be changed into energy and vice versa. He even claimed that atoms could be split to release an enormous amount of energy.

In postmodern physics, it is explained that the word energy comes from the Greek word energeia, meaning "activity". It has always been used to refer to the activity of a thing directed toward work or the accomplishment of something. Atomism uses it to name the activity of atoms or aggregates of atoms, the only things that exist.

Modern physics was deeply flawed by shallow reasoning and faulty logic, as well as by erroneous definitions of terms used to describe things. For example, it used the word energy to describe heat, light, and electricity as not being matter. Nothing can exist which is not matter except the kenon. Heat, light, and electricity are made up of atoms and are, thus, forms of matter. Einstein claimed that light is composed of massless particles called photons; there is no such thing as a massless particle. As an Atomist, I maintain that nothing exists but massy atoms and that light, like everything else, is made up of atoms.

I reject Quantum Theory and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity as theories of the nature of the universe. They do not fit the known facts about what the universe is made of and how it works. The teaching of postmodern physics reveals that the theory of Atomism is the only true theory of the nature of the universe.

Schools, colleges, and universities that continue teaching modern physics are mis-educating their students. I urge the United States Department of Education, school boards, and administrators to make sure that postmodern physics, based on Atomism, is taught to all students.