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The Philosopher's Stone

Philosopher's Stone

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philosophers' stone

philosophers' stone also philosopher's stone (fî-lòs´e-ferz stÖn)  noun
A substance that was believed to have the power of transmuting base metal into gold. Also called elixir.

During the Middle Ages (500-1500), many people sought to fabricate or discover a substance, called the philosopher's stone, so much more perfect than gold that it could bring the baser metals to the perfection of gold.

The most famous internal linkalchemist was 16th-century Philippus Paracelsus of Switzerland, who held that the elements of compound bodies were salt, sulfur, and internal linkmercury, representing, respectively, earth, air, and internal linkwater; fire he regarded as nonmaterial. He believed that one undiscovered element existed from which the other elements came. He called this prime element alkahest, maintaining that if it were found, it would be the philosopher's stone. 

Alchemy


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It was while he was examining urine, seeking the philosopher's stone (the internal linkmagic elixir needed to change base metals into gold), that the German chemist Hennig Brand discover phosphorus.



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" When the famous 'Higgs boson' had been found in a high-energy physics lab, one physicist exlaimed loudly: "We've found our Philospher's Stone!"

 - Steve Mizrach aka Seeker1



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AD 1541 Paracelsus dies. During his life, he discovered zinc, and was the first to identify hydrogen. His fame as an alchemist was so great that his tomb in Salzberg was opened because of rumors of great treasures and alchemical secrets buried with him. However nothing was found in the coffin. His famous sword, whose hilt contained the so-called 'Philosopher's Stone', also had vanished without a trace.



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So, image for a moment an object, a material, which can literally do anything. It can internal linkmove across categorical boundaries with no difficulty whatsoever. So what do I mean? I mean that if you possess the philosopher's stone and you were hungry, you could eat it. If you needed to go somewhere you could spread it out and sit on it and it would take you there. If you needed a piece of internal linkinformation, it would become the equivalent of a computer screen and it would tell you things. If you needed a companion, it would talk to you. If you needed to take a shower you could hold it over your head and internal linkwater would pour out. Now, you see, this is an impossibility. That's right, it's a coincidencia apositorum. It is something that behaves like internal linkimagination and matter without ever doing damage to the ontological status of one or the other. This sounds like pure pathology in the context of modern thinking because we expect things to stay still and be what they are and undergo the growth and degradation hat is inimical to them, but no, the redemption of spirit and matter means the exteriorization of the human soul and the interiorization of the human body so that it is an image freely commanded in the imagination.

internal linkTerence McKenna
 

imagination manifests realities... Terence McKenna - the force will be with you, always...


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internal linkMonolith comes from the Greek Mon and Lith. "Mon" means 'one' and "lith" means 'stone'. So the monolith is a direct reference to 'one stone'. This film then, is about the one stone, or the single stone. And in this case, internal linkStanley Kubrick has made sure that the stone is black. In internal linkalchemy all things that exist come from the black stone, or the 'prima materia'. The black stone is the stone of transformation, and even more important to this argument the stone of projection. This is the Philosopher's Stone. This is the object that can change, or transmute mankind, according to alchemical lore. It is rare and, when it makes an appearance, it transforms the seeker. There is little doubt that the black monolith in internal link_2001_ (DVD)atomjacked inventory cache(1968) is the Philosopher's Stone.

Stanley Kubrick 2001 monolith - philosopher's stone

What is it that the Philosopher's Stone promises? The two main gifts of the stone are total gnosis, or knowledge of the seeker and the internal linkimmortality of the soul. Does the monolith deliver on these great promises? We shall see that it completes both promises before the film finally ends. In fact the two promises of the Philosopher's Stone are what is actually accomplished by the monolith through the course of the movie. There is also little doubt that Kubrick knew this all the internal linktime and it isn't accidental in anyway. This is a movie about the black stone, the prima materia, and the powder of projection.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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The stone has given Bowman the gifts that the Philosopher's Stone has always promised. Bowman has achieved complete gnosis, or knowledge, and now he has become immortal by overcoming physical death and being reborn. In that internal linkmoment, he passes through the monolith one last time. The earth is ahead of him now and he will be reborn on that planet. Bowman will be a new human, just as different from Homo Sapiens as Homo Sapiens are different from that apeman who picked up that bone all that time ago. internal linkNietzche's ape to man to superman theme, from his _Thus Spoke Zarathustra_ essays, is mirrored perfectly by Strauss' music and Kubrick's movie. Kubrick has evoked the spiritual and physical internal linkevolution of our race as it has been transformed by this internal linkmagical black stone.

- _Alchemical Kubrick  -   2001: The Great Work On Film_  by Jay Weidner


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The philosopher's stone is a mythical stone or elixir that was supposed to turn inexpensive metals into gold and also make humans internal linkimmortal. Producing such a material was for a long time the main goal of alchemy, but as alchemy internal linkevolved into science, the idea went out of favour, and modern scientists do not believe that such a thing has ever existed. The word elixir is derived from the Arabic for philosopher's stone, al iksir.

The philosopher's stone has appeared in works of fiction, most famously in J. K. Rowling's novel _Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone_. This book appeared in the United States under the title Harry Potter and the internal linkSorcerer's Stone, since the publishers felt that a title referring to the "philosopher's stone" would be too esoteric and dull-sounding to appeal to an audience of American internal linkyouth.

Philosopher's Stone is one name for the fungus internal linkPsilocybe mexicana. It is a internal linkhallucinogen, like the more well-known Psilocybe cubensis

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