So, in essence, one man's turn can also be his treasure?
Sounds like a shitty concept to me!
A Northern Ireland man has been jailed for three months for causing £3,000 of damage to his flat after attempting to turn his own faeces into gold using an electric heater. Paul Moran, 30, admitted arson and endangering the lives of others, the Belfast Telegraph reports. He will spend 12 months on licence upon his release. …
The most likely transformation of himself into another state would be death. You can argue that this is, indeed, a purer state. It would also give him a good shot at earning a Darwin Award.
But, hey, if we don't call people silly for believing in one or several gods, why should we call them silly for believing they can turn crap into gold?
The same argument surely applies to endangering life. If it never occurred to him that the stuff might catch fire, where was the intent?
(And if he thought he could turn crap into gold by heating it, he probably didn't realise it might catch fire).
Sometimes unintended consequences do get taken into account in sentencing, it doesn't always seem entirely fair. But the alternative is a world where people get punished for doing things which might have caused damage, while others are let off for things which did cause damage.
"Intent" only works for the favourites of the ruling class, as in Phorm and BT were not prosecuted for flagrant violations of the DPA because they had "no criminal intent". However, such protections do not apply to us mere plebeians. It's called "democracy", don't you know, which I think once had something to do with the Greek words for "people" and "rule" but the meaning seems to have changed over time.
the other way around: Wasn´t it this one Mr.Moran, who was first to conclusively prove that heating a feces on the electric heater will NOT turn them into gold?
Isn´t it a basic principle of science, that someone has to go first and then say : "Dead end, colleagues. Let´s find another way!"
So he did try something like betting all his chips on the double zero at roulette. A low probability strategy. Scientifically speaking, he actually DID something though, or at least try.
Bell was laughed out of many rooms at first... talking into a tin can over a wire eh mr bell?...
Same for tesla in 1890 with his radio controlled torpedo with the Navy.
Flying like a bird, eh?
The list goes on...
I'll wager with anyone here that this transmutation stuff is something science of tomorrow will explain, if its real.
My point is that at least the lad wasn't only talking or reading, he actually applied the scientific method: he tried to prove an idea by doing shit, pun intended.
I like people that DO things, even when they fail.
Small minds rejoice in the failure of those that try things they do not understand, or challenges their dogmas.
Gold is valuable because it is rare. If you could turn poo into gold (or rather, turn human stupidity into gold - it's far more common) then gold would be worth very little.
And it IS possible to turn <just about anything> into gold - you just need a big enough particle accelerator. Of course, running it gets a bit pricy....
the night before he had eaten 24 carrots
his name was "moran"? you kidding me?
"Judge McFarland told Moran: “It was an interesting experiment to fulfil the alchemist’s dream, but wasn’t going to succeed.”"
Did a judge really describe heating up shit as an interesting experiment?
It hasn't been done before! The cutting edges of science! Next week in the lab stroke house I attempt to turn my piss into sparkling spring water.
Something about a gold ring
First Gold isn't actually worth that much, second it would have been easier to use it to make diamonds. With the proper equipment he really could have turned his waste into diamond.
Or he could have tried electroplating, which is what alchemists used to do (or at least its a common theory of what they did)
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