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Can atoms touch each other?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/19/2013 Category: Science
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 663 times Debate No: 42648
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Mk47

Con

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Round2: Argument
Round3: Support of argument
theta_pinch

Pro

I accept.
Debate Round No. 1
Mk47

Con

Mk47 forfeited this round.
theta_pinch

Pro

I contend that atoms can touch; but only in the extreme conditions present in fusion. The proof here is that right before the nuclei of the two atoms merge they must be touching.
Debate Round No. 2
Mk47

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theta_pinch

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Con has forfeited; proving that con has no way to support his claim.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Ithacus 3 years ago
Ithacus
The answer depends on what you mean by "touch". There are three possible meanings of touch in this context: 1) the objects influence each other, 2) the objects influence each other significantly, or 3) the objects reside in the exact same location. Note that the conventional concept of touch; that the boundary of two objects are in contact; is not applicable at the atomic level because atoms don"t have boundaries. Electrons, protons, atoms, and molecules are not really solid particles, but are quantum probability clouds.
Posted by Subutai 3 years ago
Subutai
That depends on what you mean by touch.
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Vote Placed by Josh_b 3 years ago
Josh_b
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Reasons for voting decision: con FF's Atoms touch is proven by fusion.