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What does philosopher’s stone mean to you?

Asked by Ltryptophan (11408points) 1 month ago from iPhone

Have you heard of it? What do you think it means or is?

Do you think it’s real, or mythical?

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Jeruba's avatar

Without looking it up to verify, I think it’s the legendary stone of ancient myth that empowers the user to change base metal into gold. It features in alchemy lore.

As I recall, the first Harry Potter book had the philosopher’s stone in it, but for U.S audiences it was changed to sorcerer’s stone because we were presumed too ignorant to have heard of the philosopher’s stone. Sadly, that was probably true.

No, it’s not real.

Didn’t Scrooge McDuck go on a quest for it once, with his nephew and his grand-nephews? Sometime in the mid-fifties to early sixties, I’d guess, which is when I was reading Disney comic books.

Caravanfan's avatar

It’s the stone that Harry Potter looked for in the first book in the UK edition.

gorillapaws's avatar

Without verifying, @Jeruba’s account matches my memory. It was like the holy grail and other legendary artifacts of folklore. I’m unsure of the origin (definitely predates Harry Potter by centuries though).

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