In fantasy stories, charlatans in fancy robes promise to turn lead into gold. But real alchemists weren’t just mystical misers. They were skilled experimentalists, backed by theories of matter.
And they played a huge role in the development of knowledge about one of our fundamental questions: “what is stuff?”
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This is an invitation to see a theory on the nature of time! In this theory we have an emergent uncertain future continuously coming into existence relative to the spontaneous absorption and emission of photon energy. The future is unfolding with each photon electron coupling or dipole moment relative to the atoms of the periodic table and the wavelength of the electromagnetic spectrum. This is part of a universal process of energy exchange that forms the ever changing world of our everyday life.
Cool video, but in the part where you mentioned about the Chinese Alchemy you said about the waidan, or pill of immortality, it's actually the 仙丹 which was pronounced sien dan (xiān dān in Chinese pinyin). And fun fact, while trying to produce that, the Chinese created gunpowder!
Alchemy is actually Al-kimia, an arabic word... So, much for the bias, these words came into europe in 1600,,, but the host failed to tell where they came from,,, all the true learners should investigate that... and also similar words like Al-Gebra, Al-Gorithm, Al-Kanon,, thanks
It's not a cheese press, it's an Olive Press, and no, Gutenberg wasn't the first. His contribution to printing in general is the adjustable brackets so you could make different size books, such as trade paperbacks, hardcovers, pulp fiction, etc. First printing Press: Chinese. First movable type: Chinese. First metal movable type: Korean. My typography teacher made me remember these things. (White, BTW before some detractors eyeroll). While Gutenberg so-called invented it in Europe, there is still contention on if he did really "invent" it, or if he stole the idea from someone else on top of that. By the 1400's, though there was plenty of trade routes to show things like Chinese and other texts being printed, so it's not like it would have been that hard. By that time you had the importation of soccer/football, business cards, all of the domesticated goods from West Asia, arches, maths, sciences, scientific method, astronomy, glass blowing, black smiting, etc. So it's really, really hard to argue with the importation of writing, decent ways to make paper, decent ways to make gun powder, that Europeans never saw one single printed page... if they were willing to import all of that stuff from China already (as in paper, jade, silks, business cards, Wheel chairs, etc). Really hard for me to believe.
The problem of alchemy was that there were no means of analysing your experiments. It's like writing blind. Moreover, if you produced something and wrote down what you did, it would still be a mystery, since most compounds didn't have proper names. For instance, if someone managed to isolate platinum, he wouldn't have called it like that, but most likely something with silver in its name...
Good video, though there are a few cases of successful alchemy (creating gold.) Sort of. Compte de Saint Germain had a consuming furnace which he claimed with special ingredients could turn base metals into gold, he delivered a large diamond that he removed the impurities from to a king. He could improve the properties of copper. He was either a charlatan, successful or a little of both. Casanova credited him to curing his VD. The modern example is that nuclear reactions can cause metals to turn into radioactive gold, though it's more far expensive than gold (and radioactive.) The other example was a king that reportedly made gold, I forget the details but when I knew the details I could never find his name (maybe it was fiction, but I make a point at the end.) The coins from his kingdom are almost identical to gold, just like if you took Tungsten ingots and covered it with a thick enough layer of gold to take an imprint. It has the right weight and would have all the other properties of gold, it would have to be drilled or melted to find out it wasn't gold. The difference was, he didn't make tungsten coins. Chinese metallurgists probably could do something similar, a coin with the right weight/color (though it might not be as soft, unless it's lead mixed to the right weight.)
Alchemy, or the philosophical way of thinking about what is stuff. If you ask me that's what differentiate humans from animals.
BTW, if you guys do Cathedrals, how about some Art History someday ? I'm sure you could do a Crash Course on that
"Alchemy. The science of understanding, deconstructing, and reconstructing matter. However, it is not an all powerful art. It is impossible to create something out if nothing. If one wishes to obtain something, something of equal value must be given. This is the law of equivalent exchange, the basis of all alchemy. In accordance with this law, there is a taboo among alchemists. Human transmutation is strictly forbidden. For what can equal the value of a human soul?"
You made some mistakes. Right after you said alchemists encoded their meaning, you said they believed metals were compounds of sulphur and mercury. We know that's not true, so that's probably code. You said the philosopher's stone was also the universal solvent or alkahest. It's more like the alkahest was used in the making of the philosopher's stone.
Every time I think of alchemy, I think of one of my favorite children’s books, Eric P. Kelly’s “The Trumpeter of Krakow.” It won the Newbery Medal in 1929. Part of the storyline involves alchemy. BTW, you don’t have to be a child to enjoy this book!
Did not know Alchemy had a bad rep today. I always though of it more a transitional science (or proto science if you wish). Sure. I see a lot of people that do not know what Alchemy is really about. But even these people generally do not scoff at it. Maybe some people view it as just a hopeless endeavor to turn lead in to gold. But I do not find this that common. (Also. Anyone that think that is impossible clearly have not studied nuclear physics enough. )
BEFORE AND AFTER WATCHING THIS:
prior watching comment: knowing this is not the best place to look beyond consensus and the theory of never becoming facts hehe
im hoping to see you reflect on the all chemical process of science, stemming lower than the periodic charts, and perhaps even treat us to the sound chart of frequencies by Walter Russel. the founder of two elements on the table itself :D
i won't hold my breath, and ill leave a comment at the end, announcing my ignorance prior to watching,
or my intellectual superiority (based on sheer heuristic behaviors) not because im pompous :D begin.
DURING COMMENTS: so, starting off, the kings heard of alchemy and made it law that all alchemist must make gold for their kings, or die for devil workings.
alchemical studies are allegories and metaphors for hermetic understandings.
much deeper than only a physical translation. as you mention later in a failed utilization of explanation.
5 minutes in:
all the rundown on the charts, but Why is it named after these metals and astrological bodies?
the philosopher stone is within you lol you are the only being that can transfer food into art. etc.. YOU SAID IT YOURSELF AFTER 5 MINUTES. only contradicting your perception of alchemy.
10 minutes in:
it is mentioned that allegories were to hide the physical understandings when you haven't added in the though, some things are beyond physical matter, and cannot be spoken about in meer comprehensive words. they must be given in parables. not only to keep the truth from the evil who will pervert it for personal gain. physically lol but because to seek you will find. never given from right of passage.
im sad to hear fashion involved in this topic, and because those unworthy cannot achieve its treasures, does not mean it is mere gibberish. yet, with this ungrown perception you hold, im happy you think so anyway!
that's it folks. ive watched the entire video, and id love a real debate on some of these points I've made.
intellect over insults people. lets do this!
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