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The insight that polar and often paradox oppositions are connected through subtle interaction led up to the notion of complementarity. This refers, for instance, to the particle/wave paradox of the photon (or electron). The latter shows contradictory features under various observational conditions.

Similarly, space and time are summed up under the term space-time, and energy and mass are unified in the formula e=mc˛. The verification of a theory was accompanied by its falsification and the Austrian quantum physicist discovered a cat which is both alive and dead. The dualism of mind and matter also seems dubious since there is no such thing as matter in the traditional sense of the word. If we were to refine our senses we would only perceive the world as an obscure veil.