The Atomistic Revival

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In our recent book (Abraham and Roy, 2010) we have repurposed a math-ematical model for the quantum vacuum as a model of consciousness. In this model, discrete space and time are derived from a discrete cellular dynamical network. As our model is essentially atomistic, we included in our book a short support chapter on atomism. In this paper we expand on the few pages of that chapter devoted to the history of atomism, to place the current revival of atomism in a larger context.

Introduction: We begin with a review of the historical background of atomism and discrete time from the East (Buddhism and Vedanta) and the West (from Pythagoras to the Baroque), with special attention to the 16th century philosopher Giordano Bruno, one of the last of the atomists to include spirit or soul in his cosmology.1

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Article is authored by Ralph Abraham and Sisir Roy. System takes name of only one author so mentioned Prof Sisir Roy.

Ralph A is Mathematics Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA.

Sisir Roy was Professor Physics and Applied Mathematics Unit Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. At present he is T.V.Raman Chair Visiting Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISC Campus, Bangalore. Hi main focus is on interdisciplinary research.

His current Research Interest: Foundations of Quantum Mechanics; Brain function Modeling and higher order cognitive activities, role of noise in the brain; Quantum Probability and Decision Making. Quantum Reality and Ancient Indian Wisdom.

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