modern alchemy

Alchemy existed for hundreds of years attempting to turn lead to gold and men to immortals.   Why did the alchemists believe they could do this?   Simply put; they vastly underestimated the nature and complexity of the universe.

I am in no sense anti-science in the sense of the scientific method of discovery.  But when I hear folks like Ray Kurzweil going on about artificial intelligence and the singularity, I think he has more chance with the lead-to-gold proposition.

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