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Devac  ·  308 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This Quantum Theory Predicts That The Future Might Be Influencing The Past

Alchemists contributed to science and I read somewhere that a lot of their mysticism or metaphorical language was a result of secrecy. But they operated under a flawed paradigm. Alchemy was big on the idea of using a small portion of something (usually gold) as a seed which would take surrounding matter and transform it into the desired material (usually gold :P). Like a seed turning air, water and soil into a plant because it's a seed and that's the end of that. With enough metaphor behind it, it's true. But it doesn't answer any "why?".

Do you know about the tin pest? If not, it's the type of tin that comes to be from normal tin exposed to low temperatures. It possesses a fascinating property: if you put even a tiny bit of tin pest on a brick of white tin, all of it will slowly turn into the pest form. Also, heat could revert the process. It wasn't insane to think there could be such seeds for other materials.

Alchemy had its time. Reimagining it with modern science isn't likely (or IMO possible), even though all the lingo physicists use could make you think they strive for the same secrecy alchemists wanted. ;)

tacocat  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·  
Devac  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I know. It was even mentioned, like, two posts above.

tacocat  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Then I guess I discovered a flaw in hubski in that you can find comments in People and Chatter to reply to without larger context

ThatFanficGuy  ·  308 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Reimagining it with modern science isn't likely (or IMO possible)

If, one day, you'll find a prominent neo-alchemist theory enjoying a following online... I'm so terribly sorry.

Devac  ·  308 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Eh. I have to be already pissed off about something else to be really bothered by pseudoscience being close to mainstream at times.

Also, while alchemy itself is basically dead, it's influence carried over in aspects of astrology, hermetic traditions (possibly including Wicca?), alternative medicine and various spiritualists things. Those already have a following, tend to stretch and misunderstand legit science. Face it, you can't eradicate something that offers easy answers and gives you an excuse to wear a cape or cloak.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  308 days ago  ·  link  ·