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Day: July 13, 2012

The Paracelsan Slip

The Paracelsan Slip

Alchemy may have greatly influenced Descartes when he drove a wedge between matter and psyche with his formulation of cogito ergo sum. Carl Jung believed that when the alchemists equated Christ with the lapis philosophorum, it “had the effect of channeling the religious numen into physical nature and ultimately into matter itself…” (Psychology and Alchemy, p. 227). By projecting the numinous reality into physika, matter became something to be understood at all cost. Thus, the seed of modern science was…

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