transmutationist


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transmutationist

an alchemist who believed that, in one of several ways, it was possible to change less valuable elements into silver or gold.
See also: Alchemy
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(29.) Attentive to economic implications of natural history, Linnaeus advocated "transmutationist botany, a science that assumed that nature was so malleable that by means of floral transplants naturalists could assure independent yet complete state economies" (Koerner, Linnaeus, 108).
Taking up William Whewell's concept of consilience as Wallace's imperative and his structuring paradigm, Costa organizes the disparate but consilient strands of transmutationist thought in the notebooks.
More pointedly, the shifting patterns of human culture and the shifting patterns of nonhuman nature were, at bottom, the same phenomenon and could therefore both be explained by a single transmutationist hypothesis--the theoretical scaffolding that had solved the "mystery of mysteries" could also reveal the mysteries of the Bible.