Well, actually, I don't know that the porridge I eat is made up of atoms, at all. I don't know when I first learned about atoms, but I kind of recall studying this in Earth Science back in middle school, and then in more detail in Chemistry in high school. It seems to make sense in my limited experience actually investigating. So, for me, its not really a matter of doubt so much as faith that atoms are there.
Yeah, riddle that...It is not even "faith", it is considered to be a fact, normally.
What is "true existence"? As opposed to "ersatz existence?" or "bologna existence?" Existence is an either/or proposition. There's no room for qualification.And still buddhist masters have declared matter or its particles to be without true existence.
But generally, what they say is that dharmas are dependently arisen; this itself is emptiness; as well as the middle way.
That's all they say. They make no grand pronouncements whether atoms have "true existence" or not. If you understood the explanation, you'd see this whole assertion you make is very much irrelevant and futile, to boot.
Presumably, the scientists making these arguments are humans, so of course they see water, silly. Aside from that, most people have very vivid imaginations. Its really easy to think that things exist inherently. Its what gives rise to samsara and all this suffering.Part of [Vasubandhu's] logic goes: Devas, humans, and pretas see same reality, i.e. same elements, but because of their different stock of merit each class of beings sees a different world. They see ambrosia, water or pus, depending on their habitual tendencies or their collection of merit. To physics and chemistry water is composed of atoms or molecules, and they are not dependent on some mystical "merit". Physics and chemistry believe that water exists inherently, independent of us humans.
Oh, you haven't examined your mind through yet, huh. You think that world really "exists" and is something other than the feedback and static coming back through your senses...outer reality
Well. Carry on.