>>7788280 I had this theory when i was in high school that if we can find a way to insert and remove protons from an atom we can just produce gold from shit like copper. Turns out when i grew older and learnt more shit things weren't that simple
>>7788613 It probably "worked" in a naive way; Basically just symbolic representations of things and their observable "properties" without any real formal structure or deeper understanding of mechanics behind it.
>>7788613 It's still going on today. Aristocrats then thought that if they refined their elements enough they could create something that enabled immortality...Aristocrats today think that if they can just get enough switches they can create something that will enable immortality.
Most don't want to die. And the rich will fund schemes to prevent it. Like alchemy, or giant pyramids, or singularities.
>>7788751 That goes for every single human since the dawn of humanity... Except that first guy. Besides Newton was the one that admitted that he was standing on the shoulders of giants and even that saying was taken from Plato.
>>7788280 i think alchemy was an interesting form of religious mysticism, and a fascinating pre-cursor to science.
if you try and trace it back to al-khemet, things get a little fuzzy... but egyptians were pretty scientifically literate.
as far as chemistry goes, i have been interested by the egyptian fascination with the acacia nilotica, as iusaaset is associated with it, and is called the mother of all gods/goddess (And chronologically she is one of the more ancient ones).... which wouldn't be fascinating by itself, but they talk about "waters of wisdom" that "flow forth" from the acacia.
which to me, speaks to chemical extraction of the acacia. a primitive aqueous extract would yield interesting results, with regards to indole amines.
i could imagine egyptians getting fascinated by this mother of gods, and refining the process a little further beyond a crude aqueous extraction...
and voila.. suddenly al-khemet is the land from which all chemistry is borne (via alchemy).
...that is my take on it, at least.
it is an unconvincing argument to anyone who has not directly experienced the "divinity" of those indole amines (i don't mean to imply an actual divine nature, but it certainly induces the sensation of a divine presence, which is enough to catalyze any religious nonsense, imo)
>>7788751 The trouble with that 'standing on someone's shoulders' crap is that most people are too blind and narrow minded to see far. Especially today with the wealth of information and the ease with which you can procure it - with a click of a button. There is no excuse for ignorance and stupidity, yet it is abundant irregardless.
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