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Daemon
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Alchemy may be compared to the man who told his sons he had left them gold buried somewhere in his vineyard; where they by digging found no gold, but by turning up the mould about the roots of their vines, procured a plentiful vintage. So the search and endeavors to make gold have brought many useful inventions and instructive experiments to light.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
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Very true. Of all the superstitions of ours, Alchemy has proved to be the only useful one (in a relative way, of course).
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Medicine rests upon four pillars - philosophy, astronomy, alchemy, and ethics.
Paracelsus
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I often compare open source to science. To where science took this whole notion of developing ideas in the open and improving on other peoples' ideas and making it into what science is today and the incredible advances that we have had. And I compare that to witchcraft and alchemy, where openness was something you didn't do.
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A perfect riposte to yesterday's "Always desire to learn something useful" Bacon was a century or so ahead of his time.

All good ideas arrive by chance- Max Ernst
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Life is always useful in her special, unspecified and sometimes maybe even mysterious ways. To some extent, life itself is a gold or gold mine at least...
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I think this just shows how greedy man can be. Nevertheless much good has resulted in all our endeavours to ... make gold. Hahaha funny huhAnxious
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The context from: Sir Francis Bacon, THE ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING - ON THE DIGNITY AND ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING
FIRST BOOK↩



The Different Objections to Learning stated and confuted; its Dignity and Merit maintained


....Credulity in arts and opinions, is likewise of two kinds; viz., when men give too much belief to arts themselves, or to certain authors in any art. The sciences that sway the imagination more than the reason, are principally three; viz., astrology, natural magic, and alchemy; the ends or pretensions whereof are however noble. For astrology pretends to discover the influence of the superior upon the inferior bodies; natural magic pretends to reduce natural philosophy from speculation to works; and chemistry pretends to separate the dissimilar parts, incorporated in natural mixtures, and to cleanse such bodies as are impure, throw out the heterogeneous parts, and perfect such as are immature. But the means supposed to produce these effects are, both in theory and practice, full of error and vanity, and besides, are seldom delivered with candor, but generally concealed by artifice and enigmatical expressions, referring to tradition, and using other devices to cloak imposture. Yet alchemy may be compared to the man who told his sons, he had left them gold buried somewhere in his vineyard; where they, by digging, found no gold, but by turning up the mould about the roots of the vines, procured a plentiful vintage. So the search and endeavors to make gold have brought many useful inventions and instructive experiments to light....


http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/1433
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Very true inventions do light up this world as a much more prospective opportunity to live more
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that's why they call it fool gold
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Applause
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it occurs one can make gold, disappear, shine or a ring.
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Daemon wrote:
Alchemy may be compared to the man who told his sons he had left them gold buried somewhere in his vineyard; where they by digging found no gold, but by turning up the mould about the roots of their vines, procured a plentiful vintage. So the search and endeavors to make gold have brought many useful inventions and instructive experiments to light.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


Yes, many have discovered that the true "gold" is something else, but not metal gold, nor money, nor anything material... an example, the king Midas....Alchemy!
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So very, very true Sir Bacon and thank you for your insight....
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