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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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The consciousness that propels this belief of blood alchemizing into money (wealth) in a ritual exercise of conjuration is an ancient one.
The journey begins with Yeats's embryonic attempts at alchemizing the world into a poetic mirror.
The internal gag order on Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby has been the most widely reported journalism story across the country, including the pages of E&P, since columnists Mike Barnicle and Patricia Smith were forced to leave the same paper for alchemizing fiction into fact.