Or is it a concept? A metaphor? A stand-in for something we cannot directly perceive?

Yet, how do we know of the subatomic particle? The agnosticism of numbers are extraordinarily powerful metaphors. You may be thinking of metaphors as something from English class but consider:
A metaphor simply means that it’s equivalent to.
It is a ~
How powerful that is.
Example:
What is a particle?
A particle is a conceptual metaphor based upon a perfect sphere. A sphere is a conceptual metaphor based upon globes, likely the Sun in the sky.

What is an idealization (perfect)? The ideal sphere is a metaphor for spheres; simplified, not containing the complexities but in its perfected metaphorical form, allows us to find even deeper complexities, such as a circle being an infinite series of triangles, also metaphorical constructs. We can draw it on paper to conceptualize it.

What’s an atom? a conceptual sphere.

What subatomic? What happens inside of the sphere.

Is there really a sphere? Or is it a concept? A metaphor? A stand-in for something we cannot directly perceive?

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