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alchemy

A pseudoscience of the Middle Ages, which attempted to use primitive lab methods to understand laws of nature and the universe. Some of the methods and glassware alchemists created are still used in some form. Most alchemists tried to turn heavy metal into gold.
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He deals above all with the process of how life begins and evolves and associates the Christian notion of resurrection with the alchemistic process that describes how dead matter comes to life.
If this was quite a favourable picture of the love of woman, where one can see an estimated picture of her, I will now turn to the depiction of women in Zones of the Spirit where Strindberg in his aim to describe women exploits phenomena that comes about in the initiation of the alchemistic transformation process, that is when obstacles occur which make the transformation difficult, and sometimes even impossible, to pursue.
Romance, on the other hand, started from the alchemistic idea that change could mean an ennobling transformation and that improvement was possible as long as human beings believed in themselves, as Felismena and Belisa are told.
According to the consulting firm Arthur Andersen, a price increase of just 1 percent can translate into alchemistic operating profit increases of 11 percent or more if unit volume is maintained.
Chewing had a divine value as an alchemistic process whereby nutrition was connected to growth and development of the being.
It is a subtle mixture, an alchemistic fusion, an explosive cocktail made up of several ingredients, several traditions, each of them indispensable, each of them present in the final product.
For instance, the Neoplatonic evaluation of Circe-Venus as chaos and 'ocean's daughter' coheres with Graeco-Roman, astrological, alchemistic, folkloric and Christian formulations.
Alberich's martial sulphurousness is thus both a mythical and an alchemistic imprint.