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Carpocrates, an Alexandrian of the early part of the second century A.D., the founder of the Gnostic heresy, which appears to have been a mixture of Platonism and Buddhism. He held with Plato the doctrine of reminiscence, and with Buddha that of metempsychosis, till the soul returns to its true union with God. To attain this unity the practical life must be according to nature, and independent of moral and other laws - a theory which, as carried out by the members of the sect, had results that were more pleasant to themselves than edifying to their neighbours.