Paracelsus The Devil’s Doctor by Philip Ball book review

The Devil’s Doctor. They called him that because he separated the elements from the glory of God, and declared science (magick) a wholly sundered form, made available to the worst kinds of people, Doctor MDs, snake oil salesmen who follow protocols from personages like Bill Gates, and corporate organizations like CDC, the FDA, and believe it to be doctrine from god, that god being Satan and his terrible demons.

Paracelsus was a raging (drunk) stream of consciousness writer, making very little sense, providing a kind of running inner commentary on what it’s like to be possessed by a devil.

The impetus of the Rosicrucian order and formulas that provide power to the fallen people in their secret, jelly-jar, councils.

It is true: I can distill the essence of things with fire, and bloodletting amounts to a tonsillectomy.

Paracelsus operated along side, and in concert with, the great church reformation of Luther. A system of Ordo ab Chao (order from chaos), Hegelian dialectic put into motion by the terrible Synagogue of Satan. The worm infested fruit of which is THE LAND OF CONFUSION, The tower of Babel, THE DAUGHTER of BABYLON, The United States, and all of the ignorant citizens that insist stale, bunk, air, from under a face mask is going to save your life.

Science of magick. See NASA religion and Occult secret agent ELON MUSK.

I am not a Paracelsian, and think it prudent to watch your step around Satanic magicians that insist their concoctions are saving your life, when in reality, they are killing you. COVID-19 CORPORATE.gov BIO WEAPON, fake medicine, fake food, and poisoned water.

I AM A HUMANIST.

THE ENGINEERED DEGRADATION OF OUR “ACADEMICS” is CLEAR EVIDENCE OF A HIGHER ANCIENT CIVILIZATION.

The DESTRUCTION is HERE.

Thank you, Father.

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The Devil’s Doctor by Philip Ball

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Chapter 2: INTRODUCTION – Fool’s Quest
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It is only rather recently that science has begun to make peace with its magical roots.
Notes: Corporate science.

Chapter 2: INTRODUCTION – Fool’s Quest
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Chapter 2: INTRODUCTION – Fool’s Quest
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Highlight: But much of contemporary science is itself occult in the Renaissance sense, insofar as it is “hidden” from our senses—that, of course, being the literal meaning of the word.
Notes: Covid “virus”.

Chapter 2: INTRODUCTION – Fool’s Quest
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Highlight: That magic was an occult art leaves many scientists uncomfortable with its role in the history of their discipline.
Notes: Serpent and staff.

Chapter 2: INTRODUCTION – Fool’s Quest
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Highlight: Isaac Newton could not have formulated his gravitational theory without a belief in occult forces—a belief surely sustained by his deep interest in magic.

Chapter 2: INTRODUCTION – Fool’s Quest
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Highlight: For he was a rude, circuitous obscurantist, not a harbinger of light, knowledge and progress.

Chapter 2: INTRODUCTION – Fool’s Quest
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Highlight: Reading them today, one cannot help but wonder from time to time: is this the work of a charlatan, perhaps even a madman?
Notes: Peer reviewed academia.

Chapter 8: THE SILVER EMPIRE
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Chapter 10: CHAPTER THREE – The Universal Scholar
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Notes: Kill and bury endowment university academics.

Chapter 11: SCHOLAR’S PROGRESS
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Notes: Take note, morons. You are corprate tools.

Chapter 13: FURTHER INSTRUCTION
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Highlight: Trithemius surpasses anything Paracelsus subsequently wrote. He says in a letter in 1499 that he is working on a marvelous book called Steganographia that is full of profound secrets, stupendous and incredible things.

Chapter 14: CHAPTER FOUR – The Staff and the Snake
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Highlight: There were doctors and there was medicine, but there does not seem to have been a great deal of healing.
Notes: Prophecy fulfilled.

Chapter 14: CHAPTER FOUR – The Staff and the Snake
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Notes: Fake food, dirty water and wearing a face mask.

Chapter 14: CHAPTER FOUR – The Staff and the Snake
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Highlight: Anyone who could afford to seek a doctor’s aid did so eagerly, but the doctor was as likely to maim or kill as to cure.

Chapter 14: CHAPTER FOUR – The Staff and the Snake
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Highlight: The unjust physicians are known by their transgressions against the commandment; for they reap, although they have not sown, and they are like ravening wolves; they reap because they want to reap, in order to increase their profit, and they are heedless of the commandment of love.
Notes: Covid 19 mask enforcers.

Chapter 15: ANCIENT CURES
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Highlight: By the time of the Greek golden age there existed a medico-religious cult dedicated to Asclepius, with temples throughout the Greek lands that Strabo calls Aesculapii.
Notes: Hospital.

Chapter 16: THE DOCTOR AT LARGE
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Chapter 16: THE DOCTOR AT LARGE
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Highlight: If the world knew the villainy and knavery (beside ignorance) of the physicians and apothecaries,” the English essayist John Aubrey wrote in the seventeenth century, “the people would throw stones at ’em as they walked in the streets.

Chapter 17: ITALY IN ECLIPSE
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Notes: USA

Chapter 18: OPENING UP THE BODY
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Chapter 20: PHYSIC IN THE FIELD
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Notes: US Federal Reserve

Chapter 20: PHYSIC IN THE FIELD
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Highlight: Indeed, the English doctor William Clowes asserted in 1591 that military surgeons were more lethal than the combat of the battlefield.
Notes: Medical malpractice leading cause of death.

Chapter 21: CHAPTER FIVE – Intellectual Vagabonds
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Highlight: When they notice that the peasants know not how a physician should be, they stay in the chimney-corner, seat themselves in the midst of books, and ride thus in the Ship of Fools.
Notes: Face mask wearing morons.

Chapter 22: THE PEOPLE’S MAGIC
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Highlight: But for the common person there was a big difference between a prayer and a spell. The first was a plea that God might grant or refuse—as the priests reminded their congregation, you could not make demands on the Lord. A magic spell, on the other hand, was a formula that was guaranteed to work. It didn’t matter whether you were devout or wicked, so long as you followed the formula. Magic was regarded as a mechanical process, a matter of pushing the occult buttons of nature.

Chapter 22: THE PEOPLE’S MAGIC
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Chapter 23: THE NECROMANCERS
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Chapter 23: THE NECROMANCERS
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Chapter 23: THE NECROMANCERS
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Chapter 23: THE NECROMANCERS
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Chapter 23: THE NECROMANCERS
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Notes: Lol

Chapter 25: FROM ICE TO DESERT
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Notes: Bill Gates

Chapter 25: FROM ICE TO DESERT
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Chapter 27: UNREST IN CHRISTENDOM
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Chapter 27: UNREST IN CHRISTENDOM
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Chapter 27: UNREST IN CHRISTENDOM
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Chapter 28: BY FAITH ALONE
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Highlight: God hides his goodness in severity, … his mercy in anger,”20 Luther concluded.

Chapter 31: CHAPTER SEVEN – Revolution Under the Sign of the Shoe
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Chapter 31: CHAPTER SEVEN – Revolution Under the Sign of the Shoe
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Chapter 31: CHAPTER SEVEN – Revolution Under the Sign of the Shoe
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Chapter 31: CHAPTER SEVEN – Revolution Under the Sign of the Shoe
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Chapter 31: CHAPTER SEVEN – Revolution Under the Sign of the Shoe
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Chapter 32: THE RADICAL REFORMATION
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Chapter 33: THE POT BOILS
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Chapter 33: THE POT BOILS
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Chapter 34: A PREACHER IN SALZBURG
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Notes: The Fugger’s. Look it up.

Chapter 34: A PREACHER IN SALZBURG
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Notes: Fauci and Gates

Chapter 36: THE CHEMICAL PHILOSOPHY
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Chapter 36: THE CHEMICAL PHILOSOPHY
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Chapter 36: THE CHEMICAL PHILOSOPHY
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Chapter 37: DUPES AND DECEIVERS
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Chapter 37: DUPES AND DECEIVERS
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Chapter 38: HERMETICA RESURRECTED
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Chapter 39: THE THEORY OF GOLD MAKING
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Chapter 39: THE THEORY OF GOLD MAKING
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Chapter 40: ALCHEMY SEES REASON
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Chapter 40: ALCHEMY SEES REASON
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Chapter 43: CHAPTER NINE – Elixir and Quintessence
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Highlight: The regular doctors, he says, do not know these secrets but instead foist upon the sick their worthless, bookish remedies for which they charge extortionately.
Notes: Vaccine and covid protocol.

Chapter 43: CHAPTER NINE – Elixir and Quintessence
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Highlight: Paracelsus is convinced that the doctors are not simply wrongheaded fools but willful deceivers who know that their medicine is useless
yet persist with it nonetheless because it will bring them profit.

Chapter 44: DRUGSTORES
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Chapter 44: DRUGSTORES
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Chapter 44: DRUGSTORES
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Chapter 45: THE ESSENCE OF THINGS
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Chapter 45: THE ESSENCE OF THINGS
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Chapter 45: THE ESSENCE OF THINGS
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Highlight: Brunschwick described the procedure in transparent terms, with admirable woodcuts to assist the reader, in his Little Book on the Art of Distillation

Chapter 46: POTIONS OF LIFE
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Chapter 46: POTIONS OF LIFE
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twenty-eight-volume encyclopedia of alchemy, the Cheirokmeta,

Chapter 47: SEPARATING MEDICINE FROM POISON
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Highlight: Andreas Libavius describes the process more clearly in his great chemical textbook Alchemia (1597).

Chapter 52: ACADEMIC IMPOSTURES
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Highlight: this way may lead to splendid titles, but does not make a true doctor.
Notes: WHO syccophant.

Chapter 54: CHAPTER ELEVEN – The Battle of Basle
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Chapter 54: CHAPTER ELEVEN – The Battle of Basle
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Highlight: Decay is the midwife of very great things,” he said. “It brings about the birth and rebirth of forms a thousand times improved. This is the highest mystery of God.”5 Yet however much he believed that, it is hard not to suspect some element of deliberate provocation in his decision to confront the conservative doctors with a bowl of shit.

Chapter 54: CHAPTER ELEVEN – The Battle of Basle
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Highlight: Moreover, Paracelsus observed that the apothecaries were in league with the doctors. “The doctors,” he said, “take more trouble to screen their movements than to maintain what concerns the sick, and the apothecaries cheat the people with their exorbitant prices and demand a guilder for messes not worth a penny.

Chapter 57: ON THE RUN
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Chapter 58: CHAPTER TWELVE – Against the Grain
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Highlight: This is a battle that can be decided only by total, unqualified victory. The enemy cannot be persuaded but must instead be obliterated.

Notes: Covid enforcers

Chapter 58: CHAPTER TWELVE – Against the Grain
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Highlight: What will become of your soup-kitchens in this revolution? Who will dye the thin lips of your women-folk and clean their pinched faces? The devil, with the cloth of hunger.

Chapter 58: CHAPTER TWELVE – Against the Grain
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Highlight: Not one of you will survive, even in the most distant corner where even the dogs will not piss.
Notes: Bill Gates Anthony Fauci.

Chapter 59: FELLOW SPIRITS
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Chapter 60: BACK TO THE BENCH
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Highlight: Franck believed that scholastic learning and adherence to dry logic made men foolish and blinkered: “the more learned, the more perverted,”16 he was wont to proclaim.

Chapter 62: WOOD OR METAL
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Notes: Worthless covid vaccine.

Chapter 62: WOOD OR METAL
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Highlight: Paracelsus finally overstepped the mark again and had to flee the city.

Chapter 64: A SYSTEM OF HEALING
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Highlight: because more than half of all diseases are governed by the heavens.
Notes: Great conjuction of Saturn and Venus Dec 21 2019.

Chapter 64: A SYSTEM OF HEALING
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Highlight: It has often been suggested that the scientific revolution replaced man the spiritual being with man the clockwork mechanism, a system of pumps and levers.

Chapter 65: SAINTS AND SINNERS
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Chapter 65: SAINTS AND SINNERS
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Chapter 67: THE STUFF OF NATURE
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Chapter 67: THE STUFF OF NATURE
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Notes: Author doesn’t understand how sum of parts can be greater than whole. Or, believes holism to be magic.

Chapter 67: THE STUFF OF NATURE
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Chapter 68: THE ELEMENTS OF MEDICINE
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Highlight: God has created us and he gives us what we ask, not snakes. So it would be bad medicine to give bitters where sugar is required.
Notes: Lizard people.

Chapter 68: THE ELEMENTS OF MEDICINE
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Highlight: For it is not God’s design that the remedies should exist for us ready-made, boiled, and salted, but that we should boil them ourselves, and it pleases Him that we boil them and learn in the process.

Chapter 68: THE ELEMENTS OF MEDICINE
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Highlight: When even minor ailments might elicit life-threatening medical treatment, the doctor who did nothing could seem like a wonder-worker.

Notes: Fake covid pandemic.

Chapter 68: THE ELEMENTS OF MEDICINE
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Highlight: The whole of the body is useful and good, and can be fashioned into the most valuable mumia. Although the spirit of life has gone forth from such a body, still the balsam remains, in which life is latent.”38 One who has died “a natural and predestined death,” on the other hand, has expended his mumia and is of no value to the physician: “Let him be cast to the worms.
Notes: This is why so many people are missing. For occult medical therapy. Medicine.

Chapter 68: THE ELEMENTS OF MEDICINE
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Chapter 70: FEMALE MYSTERIES
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Chapter 71: SCIENCE OR MYSTICISM?
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Chapter 72: CHAPTER FIFTEEN – Star and Ascendant
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Chapter 73: READING THE HEAVENS
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Notes: Lol.

Chapter 73: READING THE HEAVENS
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Chapter 76: THE EARTH MOVES
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Notes: Firmament education.

Chapter 76: THE EARTH MOVES
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Notes: Occam’s razor.

Chapter 76: THE EARTH MOVES
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Notes: Red alert. SoS.

Chapter 76: THE EARTH MOVES
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Notes: Kabbalistic prognostication.

Chapter 77: THE END OF THE ASTRAL REIGN
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Highlight: That it persists at all is a testament to the experiential validity of this ancient art—something compels us to look to the stars for hope, guidance, explanations. In all probability, this is a displaced religious impulse, an expression of the
fact that the cosmos dwarfs us, that the stars look down on us, aloof and indifferent and yet displaying patterns and rhythms that we cannot but regard as significant. Wrong ideas do not survive for so long unless they respond to some human need.
Notes: Astrology.

Chapter 77: THE END OF THE ASTRAL REIGN
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Chapter 77: THE END OF THE ASTRAL REIGN
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Chapter 78: CHAPTER SIXTEEN – Demons of the Mind
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Chapter 79: ROUGH ROADS
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Chapter 79: ROUGH ROADS
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Chapter 79: ROUGH ROADS
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Highlight: Become poor, as poor as a beggar, then the Pope will desert you, and the Emperor will desert you, and they will henceforth take you for a fool. But then you will have peace, and your folly will be great wisdom in the eyes of God.
Notes: Decent advise.

Chapter 79: ROUGH ROADS
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Chapter 80: NATURAL SPIRITS
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Notes: Fake pandemic.

Chapter 81: WITCH-HUNTING
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Chapter 84: CHAPTER SEVENTEEN – The Little Man
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Notes: CDC treatment protocol.

Chapter 85: A LIFE’S WORK
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Chapter 85: A LIFE’S WORK
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Notes: Fake vaccines.

Chapter 86: THE MAKING OF A MAN
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Chapter 86: THE MAKING OF A MAN
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Chapter 91: THE EARLY REVIVALISTS
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Chapter 92: PARACELSUS ACCUSED
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Chapter 92: PARACELSUS ACCUSED
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Notes: Germ “theory”.

Chapter 92: PARACELSUS ACCUSED
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Highlight: his assertion that the church should be subservient to the state (a position now known as Erastianism).
Notes: Prophecy fulfilled.

Chapter 92: PARACELSUS ACCUSED
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Highlight: blind and ignorant followers, who, he says, apply all sorts of worthless potions, charms, pills, and powders.
Notes: Modern medicine doctors from hell.

Chapter 93: THE POLITICS OF ALCHEMY
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Highlight: Tyrocinium

Chapter 93: THE POLITICS OF ALCHEMY
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Highlight: Chymicium (The Chemical Beginner). It was the first of its kind—neither a “book of secrets” nor an obscure academic treatise, but a manual for the would-be iatrochemist, or “chymist,

Chapter 94: THE ANTIMONY WARS
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Highlight: The pills, retrieved from the excrement, could be reused.

Notes: Bill Gates medicine.

Chapter 96: BROTHERHOODS OF SECRETS
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Highlight: A “scientific” utopia is described in The City of the Sun by Tommaso Campanella, written around 1602 but not published until 1623, the year before Bacon wrote New Atlantis.

Chapter 96: BROTHERHOODS OF SECRETS
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Highlight: Libavius’s Alchemia (1597

Chapter 96: BROTHERHOODS OF SECRETS
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Highlight: nightfall is not due to the setting of the sun but to the rising of the night stars, that some of the stars are shaped like cucurbits and phials containing salt, sulphur and mercury and emitting winds like man.

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