This diagram illustrates the dialogical relationship between the traditional terms Being and Becoming as descriptions of the physical world since the ancient Greek philosophers. The conflict and its resolution are shown here. Please read the Overview.

Being and Becoming

A: Nature is real, not an illusion. It is valid to name distinct things and laws of nature. There is a stable, coherent substrate under nature.

Nature is a changing reality. Becoming (change) is real in nature, and is not a contradiction of Being.

-B: Real change in nature is an illusion, since Being cannot become non-Being. Therefore all nature is one fixed and unchangeable Being. (Parmenides).

-A: Becoming alone is real. Nature is a continuous flux of change; nothing is permanent. Fixed forms or beings are an illusion. (Heraclitus).

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