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Phlogiston was the 18 century's answer to the Elemental Fire of the Greek alchemists.  Ignite wood, and let it burn.  What is the orangey-bright "fire" stuff?  Why does the wood transform into ash?  To both questions, the 18th-century chemists answered, "phlogiston".
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/is/fake_causality/ Fake Causality]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/is/fake_causality/ Fake Causality]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/iu/mysterious_answers_to_mysterious_questions/ Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/iu/mysterious_answers_to_mysterious_questions/ Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions]
  
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*[[Semantic stopsign]]
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*[[Reductionism]]
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[[Category:Concepts]]

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Phlogiston was the 18 century's answer to the Elemental Fire of the Greek alchemists. Ignite wood, and let it burn. What is the orangey-bright "fire" stuff? Why does the wood transform into ash? To both questions, the 18th-century chemists answered, "phlogiston".

...and that was it, you see, that was their answer: "Phlogiston."

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