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    Descartes declared that the whole of nature was a machine, and that phenomena which seemed to be “alive” were really just automata with no soul or mind. Later Newton showed that the “machine” of the universe operates according to a number of rigid laws, and that all things (including living beings) are just arrangements of inert elementary particles.

    --- Does it mean "that all things are made up of inert elementary particles"?


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    Re: arrangements

    Yes, made of them put together (arranged) in a certain way.

    It's a rather bleak view of humanity, isn't it?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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