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Yet whilst we experience the sensory qualities of 

‘natura’ or ‘material’ phenomena – qualities such as 

heaviness or lightness, hardness and softness, shape and 

texture, colour and sound - we never experience or perceive 

‘matter’ as such. As Samuel Avery notes: “We experience 

visual and tactile perceptions that suggest a material substance 

existing independently, but its acceptance as ultimately real is 

an act of faith.” [my stress] The myth that science is 

‘materialistic’ is thus also connected to the long-standing but 

now entirely redundant idea of ‘matter itself’ - the myth of 

matter. For whilst science still faithfully clings to the idea of 

matter, both relativity and quantum physics no longer see it 

as possessing even those most basic and measurable ‘primary qualities’ 

that Galileo and Locke first associated with it - admitting instead 

that on a quantum level, such ‘things’ as mass, momentum, 

energy, space and time cease to be separately quantifiable or 

even definable realities, and that even ‘particles’ such as 

electrons turn out to have the same non-localised wave 

character as light. In this sense, science has, in effect, 

become, like religion, an immaterialistic world-view. The 

scientific ‘accusation’ leveled against the ‘God-concept’ of 

religion – namely that God cannot be actually seen, has no 

sensory qualities or definable location apply equally to the 

Matter-concept of science.


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