THE NEW ALCHEMY
Submitted: Mon Oct 04 2004
CT: Alchemy: THE NEW ALCHEMY
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When an intelligent man [in the past] expresses a view which [today] seems to us obviously absurd, we should try to understand how it ever came to seem true. This exercise of historical and psychological imagination at once enlarges the scope of our thinking, and helps us to realize how foolish many of our own cherished prejudices will seem to an age which has a different temper of mind.