The topic of this video is the ancient philosophical, proto-scientific practice known as “alchemy” (in Spanish:
alquimia). What is alchemy? What is its relationship with modern chemistry? What were the alchemists looking for?
About the accent: it’s Castilian Spanish, easy to recognize, as you may know, due to the differentiated pronunciation of /s/ and /z/ (or “soft” /c/). For example, in Latin American Spanish the words
cien (100) and
sien (temple) have the same pronunciation, while in Castilian Spanish the letter c in the word
cien sounds like the th in “think”.
What’s the meaning of…?
Adeptos: initiated, adept.
Nada que ver con: nothing to do with.
Principios(in this context): principles.
Las oscuras tierras de Egipto: the dark lands of Egypt.
Centrarse en: focus on.
Piedra filosofal: philosopher’s stone.
Consecución de: achievement of.
Estado superior de existencia: higher state of existence.
Legajo: bundle of papers.