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Post by Darkel on Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:36 pm

So of course after watching Fullmetal Alchemist, I've been inspired to do more research into what Alchemy actually is. While I still have little knowledge of it, I find it incredibly interesting, especially the philosophical aspects of it. What are your opinions and thoughts on Alchemy?

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Re: Alchemy

Post by Runlock on Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:15 am

https://soundcloud.com/ambulas/bad-alchemy

its bad don't do it
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Re: Alchemy

Post by AlloRaptor on Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:16 pm

You can absolutely nail resurrecting your mother with it, that's for sure

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Re: Alchemy

Post by thecardiackidofDCVII on Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:36 am

All I know about alchemy is that there are four elements.  Golden Sun is about alchemy but probably not the kind you're thinking about.  They just share elements, if I remember
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Re: Alchemy

Post by DarkMagickan on Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:49 am

Alchemy is largely about symbolism, and is not to be taken literally.  "Lead into gold" was actually a metaphor for spiritual transformation.

As to the four elements, they are Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.  They combine to form the fifth element, Spirit.
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Re: Alchemy

Post by Q on Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:35 am

It's meh. People come up with some strange stuff. It had some motive behind it, be it literal greed or trying to better yourself. I've seen a lot stupider ideas come out of people who have access to a modern education, when it comes to pseudoscience. Haha.

Personally I also prefer the seven "elemental" model versus the four. Four is outdated. Not irrelevant, they're still there, but you can't just drop life/light/nature now either, though technically the whole "spirit" thing could have counted as life.

Honestly it probably looks like I have no kdea what I'm talking about.

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Re: Alchemy

Post by DarkMagickan on Sun Feb 21, 2016 7:36 am

Q wrote:It's meh. People come up with some strange stuff. It had some motive behind it, be it literal greed or trying to better yourself. I've seen a lot stupider ideas come out of people who have access to a modern education, when it comes to pseudoscience. Haha.

Personally I also prefer the seven "elemental" model versus the four. Four is outdated. Not irrelevant, they're still there, but you can't just drop life/light/nature now either, though  technically the whole "spirit" thing could have counted as life.

Honestly it probably looks like  I have no kdea what I'm talking about.
I am shamefully unaware of the seven elemental model.  I must educate myself.
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Re: Alchemy

Post by Darkel on Sun Feb 21, 2016 7:52 am

I am unaware of this model as well.

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Re: Alchemy

Post by CaptnSunny on Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:01 am

It's just madder-jick madder-jick.

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Re: Alchemy

Post by Q on Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:17 pm

It's not that common and most people see it as aether/wind/fire/water/wood/earth/metal I think but metal has always come off as redundant for me so I move it to light in my stupid brain. I think it's ancient Chinese possibly? It also varies with the representation of a center element too, Life and light aren't actual "things" in a sense either in my mind but again I don't think I am exactly an authority on the subject of new models haha.

If you really get looking you find an abundance of variations of these sorts of things. It's pretty interesting, apparently though most everyone agreed on the whole "fire/air/water/earth" thing, and the fifth was pretty common although left out in some instances.

Sorta like how constant the concept of bread is.

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Re: Alchemy

Post by Darkel on Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:57 pm

I actually do like the idea of aether/wind/fire/water/wood/earth/metal a lot more. Specifically that it involves aether, that improves it.

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