Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Science And The 'Miraculous' (But Were Afraid To Ask)
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Re. this sentence:
“and hopes to identify and reflect upon a variety of epistemologies and concerns that have prevented mainstream historical research from entering common knowledge.”
I research alchemy and related history of chemistry stuff, especially later medieval to 16th century. I also do re-enactment and have given alchemical demonstrations at various events over the last 7 years. What I have noticed is that there are other people out there presenting “alchemy” merely as a form of public display, concentrating on gunpowder and fancy smoky things, which have nothing to do with alchemy. There is a consistent sort of mispresentation of history that concentrates on the fancy and the outlandish and the bangs and smells and suchlike in order to “popularise” it in a mistaken attempt to make it appeal to the public.
So at the end of the day the public are entertained but no wiser about the actual status and practise of alchemy in the period in question.
In the wider culture there is a pressure for popular easy to digest presentations of history, which are thus almost always removed from fact and reality and pander to the lowest common denominator.
Thank you for this. I would very much welcome a brief guest post with your thoughts! Just let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in – 2-3 pages max., written for an educated lay audience.
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