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Extraordinary Popular Delusions, Vol. 3

By Mackay, Charles

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Title: Extraordinary Popular Delusions, Vol. 3  
Author: Mackay, Charles
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Mackay, C. (n.d.). Extraordinary Popular Delusions, Vol. 3. Retrieved from http://www.ebooklibrary.org/


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PHILOSOPHICAL DELUSIONS. Dissatisfaction with his lot seems to be the characteristic of man in all ages and climates. So far, however, from being an evil, as at first might be supposed, it has been the great civiliser of our race; and has tended, more than anything else, to raise us above the condition of the brutes. But the same discontent which has been the source of all improvement, has been the parent of no small progeny of follies and absurdities; to trace these latter is the object of the present volume. Vast as the subject appears, it is easily reducible within such limits as will make it comprehensive without being wearisome, and render its study both instructive and amusing.

Table of Contents
· PHILOSOPHICAL DELUSIONS. · BOOK I. THE ALCHYMISTS; OR, SEARCHERS FOR THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE AND THE WATER OF LIFE. · PART I. HISTORY OF ALCHYMY FROM THE EARLIEST PERIODS TO THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY. · PART II. · BOOK II. FORTUNE TELLING. · BOOK III. THE MAGNETISERS.

 

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