Like the early Ionians he postulated a primary substance, fire, out of which all things have emerged and into which all must return.
But the one in the many, the identity in difference, is so far only postulated, not established.
Sam had thought it was good when it was first postulated.
For the world as a whole, however, he postulated a beginning in time (whence his use of the word creation), and further supposed that the impulse of organization which was conveyed to chaotic matter by the Creator issued from a central point in the infinite space spreading gradually outwards.
He postulated primitive Matter, identical with air and mingled with Mind, thus avoiding the dualism of Anaxagoras.