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Alchemy Is Back

Alchemy is alive and well! Yes, that medieval precursor of chemistry, that chimerical search for the philosopher’s stone and the transmutation of lead to gold. Modern alchemists have found the philosopher’s stone and are selling it and teaching people how to make it themselves out of dew and Celtic sea salt.

The philosopher’s stone apparently is an elixir of life that you have to take on a regular basis. According to Nicholas Collette, it “completely eliminates the pharmaceutical industries by curing EVERY disease, and opens the mind to it’s [sic] full potential.”   It extends the life span, reverses the aging process, and opens the door to psychic power.

Instructions for making it are detailed on this website. It takes time and is complicated, but the starting ingredient is simple: morning dew. 

It allegedly turns lead into gold: one milligram of the Stone can turn 20 pounds of lead to gold. But you are warned to be careful

 …the alchemists warned that you must be careful not to transmute too much gold at once, or it will become radioactive and the radiation will harm you and eventually kill you. And selling gold is considered a trite waste of the Stone in alchemy. You will feel like a **** if you make all your money selling a product of alchemy and disgracing and defiling the Holy Art.

 There are apparently 3 colors of stone. The White elixir can cure all mental disorders and diseases or psychosis, and depression. It also causes receptive psychic ability to develop in the user, like mind reading and spirit contact. The green stone is like the white stone but takes more time to produce.

The Red Stone is used primarily for its regenerative abilities: it is not taught. It is an end product or manifestation that gives you godly powers and allows you to live for hundreds of years.

 And then there is the Ormus monoatomic alchemical elixir:

It has been discovered in this regard that what is being called carbon is actually not always carbon; sometimes it is something else. What is being called calcium is actually not always calcium; sometimes it is something else. What is being called silicon is actually not always silicon; sometimes it is something else. What is being called iron sometimes is actually not always iron; sometimes it is something else. And that something else is actually ORMUS. ORMUS (sometimes also referred to as ORME, monoatomic elements, and/orm-state materials) is a class of physically distinct atomic mineral substances that are unique forms of matter that appear to be closer to the state of aether or vacuum or pure energy than normal matter such as the common mineral and atomic compounds found on Mendeleyev’s  Periodic Table of the Elements.

The secrets of alchemy are no longer secret. All civilizations had understandings and mysteries of people who took the stone and were potential gods, with powers of healing and creation. These modern alchemists have reclaimed the lost knowledge.

Science can’t explain it. For instance, if you measure the powder, heat it to 1000 degrees and cool it, it weighs 25% less. Science says this is impossible, but it happens. Hundreds of investigations have proven that it doesn’t behave like normal matter.

You can buy it, but it’s better to make your own so it carries your own vibes. And making your own is cheaper. You will need to take 1 ½ gm a day. The price has been reduced from 105 to 75 euros for 3 grams. By my rough calculation, this would add up to an expense of nearly $24,000 a year.

A medical doctor turned alchemist explains that it isn’t as simple as “this cures cancer.” Patients become shinier, and their aura glows. There is a stronger presence of life energy. Illness is expressed in darkness and the stone produces light.  

Testimonials abound. One user said

With regards to noticeable effects, I can say that I was aware of more energy circulating, specifically vibrating in my palms and laogong. I practice high level internal alchemy (for immortality) and I could ‘see’ that the combination of my practices with the consumption of the Stone you produce would potentially yield exponential results.

Collette has written books explaining how to make the stone and raving about Rosicrucians, the Holy Grail, the Tarot, 3-mile-wide UFOs, a civilization of alien beings living right here on our planet that only show up in the ultraviolet range, astral projection, astrology, and other things that don’t seem to cohere with each other into any rational framework. I tried to make sense out of what he is actually claiming, but couldn’t. I don’t think it’s me; I think there’s no sense there to be found.

I don’t think the pharmaceutical industries are in any danger of being eliminated. I can’t imagine that many sick people will fall for this nonsense and try to “cure every disease” with it, but then I couldn’t imagine that anyone would still be practicing alchemy in the 21st century. The human capacity for self-deception is truly inexhaustible.

This may be too silly to dignify with a post on a science-based website, but it shows the depth of human gullibility that science must strive to overcome.

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30 thoughts on “Alchemy Is Back

  1. Alexie says:

    I went to the recipe in eager anticipation of learning how to transmute lead into gold. Am a bit stumped by the exhortation to collect THREE GALLONS of dew and then let it ferment…

  2. David Gorski says:

    I thought that homeopathy showed the depths of human gullibility that science-based medicine must overcome.

  3. If you lay out a tarp every night you should be able to collect some dew from it in the morning. It will add up to 3 gallons eventually. Transforming 20 pounds of lead into gold should be worth it, surely?

  4. windriven says:

    The site Dr. Hall pointed to links to ‘alchemy-illuminated.com.’ Read the WARNINGS section. It had me in stitches; seems to be a cat fight between dueling alchemists.

    It would be interesting to read a future post examining the psychopathology of those driven to believe the unbelievable. We have all, I presume, known people like this and have at one time or another led them by the hand through an examination of just how preposterous this stuff is, all to no avail.

    Ignorance is sometimes refractory but stupidity is bullet-proof.

  5. megancatgirl says:

    “Science can’t explain it. For instance, if you measure the powder, heat it to 1000 degrees and cool it, it weighs 25% less.”

    This sounds like it had some water or other volatile material that simply evaporated and/or burned off during the heating. Does he really expect us to be impressed by this?

    “And that something else is actually ORMUS. ORMUS (sometimes also referred to as ORME, monoatomic elements, and/orm-state materials) is a class of physically distinct atomic mineral substances that are unique forms of matter that appear to be closer to the state of aether or vacuum or pure energy than normal matter such as the common mineral and atomic compounds found on Mendeleyev’s Periodic Table of the Elements.”

    As a chemist, this was physically painful for me to read.

  6. ziadax says:

    As a chemist, reading about alchemical history has always fascinated me (well, except for the part with the people dying while not know why because they’re working with toxic as crap substances with absolutely no protection, but I digress). Especially knowing how much we’ve learned since then. Reading about this? Still fascinating, but more in the way of bewilderment that there are still actual alchemists who claim to be able to turn lead to gold, etc. I may need to peruse the site a bit and tear into it myself later on when my brain’s finished going “wuh?”. and I don’t have actual work to do.

  7. DrKnow says:

    I have substituted with “Mountain Dew” and will let you know what happens

  8. Enkidu says:

    I think the authors of the website are just upset that the anime and manga “Fullmetal Alchemist” ended. It continues on for them! :p

  9. Draal says:

    “After several nights of collection,when you have gathered at least 3 gallons, then its time to place the dew in a large pot and boil it down until 1/4th has evaporated. …
    Store the dew in closed jugs, and let it sit to putrefy and ferment for at least one month. ou should see signs when the processes is complete, because there will be strange things growing at the bottom, and floating on the surface. You will see a white, fluffy, sponge like material forming in a ball in the center of the flask/jug. This is what you will make the salt from, so the more of this material there is, the more salt you will obtain. Therefore, it should be left to grow until it no longer becomes any larger or denser.”

    If you’re using sterile techniques, I don’t see how a fungus will grow.

    I’d try this out but the process seems to take around 3 weeks.

  10. xwolp says:

    ” …the alchemists warned that you must be careful not to transmute too much gold at once, or it will become radioactive and the radiation will harm you and eventually kill you. ”

    my inorganic chemistry professor warned me of the same thing, but apparently that is called “nuclear fission”

    if only somebody would share this secret knowledge with nuclear physicists

  11. WilliamLawrenceUtridge says:

    With such powerful, dramatic claims, my god I just think about how easy it will be to test them! And surely they’ve demonstrated the effectiveness of this important work. Right?

    We need a way to tap the unlimited potential of human stupidity. If only we could convince people that exercise is good for them, like a miraculous cure-all that prevents an enormous amount of suffering and disease. Then we could hook people up to exercise bikes (because they’d be exercising anyway because humans will do anything for a miracle cure), use them to generate power, and solve the dependency on fossil fuels! Global warming will reverse, the obesity epidemic will stop, it’ll probably damage a fair portion of vas deferens or penile vasculature which will reduce the population of the planet, MY GOD PEOPLE WE MUST CONVINCE THE WORLD EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!

    I must say, I really do think I’m hilarious.

  12. Josie says:

    “I have substituted with “Mountain Dew” and will let you know what happens”

    At least the sugar should help with the fermentation process…

  13. Draal says:

    ” …the alchemists warned that you must be careful not to transmute too much gold at once, or it will become radioactive and the radiation will harm you and eventually kill you. ”

    I think it’s completely irresponsible to publish online a simple way to make radioactive material. I mean, anyone interested in making a dirty bomb now has the means to make it themselves in huge quantities! Come on now, can’t they see just how reckless there are?

  14. Kultakutri says:

    I first thought that Harriet Hall went crazy. And that I went crazy. Then, with a sheer power of will, I made my scared neurons work and found out that crazy is somewhere else. For me, most of that was physically painful to read.

  15. Ken Hamer says:

    “I thought that homeopathy showed the depths of human gullibility that science-based medicine must overcome.”

    Surely there’s a point at which “gullibility” becomes outright stupidity.

  16. overshoot says:

    Bah — they obviously received corrupted copies of the instructions.

    For the elixir of life, you don’t need morning dew, you need Mountain Dew. Any serious geek knows that.

  17. Prometheus says:

    Amazing! Simply amazing!

    And I thought the people who believed in homeopathy were delusional… It just proves the old adage:

    The difference between genius and stupidity is there is a limit to genius

    Certainly one of my favorites was the quote:

    “…the alchemists warned that you must be careful not to transmute too much gold at once, or it will become radioactive and the radiation will harm you and eventually kill you.”

    Since the only (real) way to transmute lead to gold is by colliding lead nuclei at high (relativistic) speeds, a significant amount of radioactive elements would be an expected byproduct. Of course, I’m pretty sure that’s not what this loon is talking about.

    Even more amusing was the “discussion” (raving?) about ORMUS:

    “ORMUS … is a class of physically distinct atomic mineral substances that are unique forms of matter that appear to be closer to the state of aether or vacuum or pure energy than normal matter such as the common mineral and atomic compounds found on Mendeleyev’s Periodic Table of the Elements.”

    “Aether” was pretty definitively shown to not exist by the Michelson-Morley experiment (1887). “Minerals” (except those that are pure elements, like gold) and “compounds” are not “…found on Mendeleyev’s Periodic Table of the Elements” (hint: it’s right there in the title – “elements”). As a one-time chemist, it makes my jaws ache to see such poor understanding of basic principles.

    Harriet, thank you for reading these websites so that we, your readers, don’t have to.

    Prometheus

  18. LMA says:

    I wonder how many Alchemist’s Daughters have tried the “but ma, all I did was go out collecting morning dew and the next thing I know, I ended up with vibrating in my laogong …” excuse to explain away their unwed pregnancies? ;)

    And if the recipe starts out with boiling off a quarter of your morning dew, why do you need to collect a full three gallons to start with? It’s just going to transmute itself into steam — couldn’t you save a whole lot of collecting time and leave that extra morning dew for someone else to turn into gold?

  19. harrycanyon says:

    Really? I mean really? People believe this nonsense?

    Of course if it really did work, I’m sure no (other) unethical folks would flood the gold market. :-)

    Harry

  20. antipodean says:

    Nicholas Collette? Shouldn’t they be quoting Nicholas Flamel?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Flamel

  21. aaronupnorth says:

    This Nicholas Collette is a talented web designer! What a great looking site, full of nonsense but really really good looking.
    My favorite part was when he presented psychological and astrological testing to show what a nice guy he is. I am convinced!!

  22. hippiehunter says:

    Surely Nicholas Collette is just taking advantage of the mentally ill.

    Believing this nonsense is grounds for involuntary medication with antipsychotics !

  23. hippie hunter on 11 Aug 2010 at 5:11 am

    “Surely Nicholas Collette is just taking advantage of the mentally ill.

    Believing this nonsense is grounds for involuntary medication with antipsychotics !”

    In most states involuntary treatment of a mental illness requires that the person be a present danger to themselves and/or* others.

    Obviously, the law doesn’t include long term health decisions and consequences since then you could put smokers in involuntary rehab. It doesn’t include obviously delusional beliefs because that would include people who are still in love with and in denial about their cheating spouse. I doesn’t include people wasting their money or charging exorbitant prices for an illusion because then we would have no fashion industry.

    Antipsychotics are serious medication and can/do have serious long term consequences.

    *depends on the state whether it is both themselves and others or only one.

  24. “vibrating in my palms and laogong” nuff said.

  25. Franklin says:

    Am I the only person that thinks this guy is just having some fun?

  26. Harriet Hall says:

    Franklin asks,
    “Am I the only person that thinks this guy is just having some fun?”

    I would love to learn that this whole thing is a hoax. It would partially restore my faith in human reason. But if it is a hoax, it’s a very elaborate one. Whole books, websites, videos, forums, courses, sale of products, etc. I was initially made aware of this subject by an e-mail from a reader who wanted me to write about it to deter people from making poor health decisions.

    Is there any way to investigate and find out whether he is “just having some fun”?

  27. DonSelgin says:

    “Imprinted with solfeggio arpeggio frequencies and masaru emoto images,made with pristine pacific sea water and organic, hand harvested, sun-dried Celtic sea salt.Each 740ml(25 fl.oz) bottle is made using the alchemical wet sea method by a master alchemist.”

    That statement alone makes me think it HAS to be a joke! “Solfeggio arpeggio” – so you make it by singing solfege syllables in an arpeggio – Do Mi Sol – over and over? And what is the “alchemical wet sea method”? Is there an alchemical dry sea method? And unless I really missed the boat in chemistry, how can salt be organic – even hand harvested, sun-dried Celtic sea salt?

  28. DonSelgin says:

    Not to mention I find the 740ml amount amusing – 10 ml less than a standard wine bottle!

  29. Maz says:

    Megancatgirl,

    I think you’re missing the point. 25% of the mass is missing, but that’s not the important part — it’s critical that you understand that the missing mass CAN’T BE EXPLAINED BY SCIENCE!!!

    How do you explain that!? You can’t! Because he said so!

    Check and mate.

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