603-HSD-VA, Alchemy:The Science of Transformation
Alchemy is an early form of chemical technology, exploring the nature of substances. Alchemy, therefore, is the science of transforming nature; however, its purpose is not only to understand how nature works, but also to understand how to transform the self. As a result, alchemy has always had a strong philosophical basis and incorporates scientific as well as metaphysical principles. In this course, we will read fiction and nonfiction texts that explore scientific theories that stress the importance of the mind/body connection in scientific research and methodology. In addition, we will study texts that incorporate alchemical theories as a foundation to initiate a change of consciousness and discover how the search for purity and perfection can lead to physical, mental and spiritual transformation. Objectives and