Alchemy is one of the corner stones of natural philosophy. The grandfather discipline of science. In it they operated on some metaphysical presumptions of the structure and virtues of matter. I see that as intuition getting the jump on reason as it often does. Regrettably it doesn’t fill in the blanks in between. At least not for most people.
How did the alchemists take into account the full picture? They used more in the way of inductive logic than deductive.
Alchemy is now possible as well as quantum teleportation. But with these changes, which support Hermeticism more than classical Platonism, people still adhere to a “science” based on primarily Platonic concepts. You can thank Roman Catholicism for that. Politically correct science for the masses. It is very amusing to me.
“If by fire Of sooty coal th’ empiric alchymist Can turn, or holds it possible to turn, Metals of drossiest ore to perfect gold.” John Milton, Paradise Lost
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