This is a snippet of a conversation from Reddit: I wrote: Fantasy magic and “real” magic are closer than you think. Mathematically speaking, the Kabbalic tree of life is a tree in the same sense as a perk tree in Skyrim where the ontological basis doesn’t necessarily have to describe a vector of reality for prima facie, they are just “empty symbols” where they are given semantic meaning. To say it a different way, you can algorithmically traverse the tree of life whether or not you believe it to be real, so you can deduce that the relations are consistent Read More
This is a snippet of a conversation from Reddit: I wrote: Gaffluence wrote: Does the first law of Thermodynamics apply to magical energies too? The law being that, energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed (simplified version). The answer is no. Conservation of energy is due a temporal translation invariance as described in Noether’s theorem and the Lagrangian. Energy conservation is a consequence of invariance under time translations. Something more abstract than time would not be beholden to that invariance and thus would not be conserved. Basically, if it is not physical, it would not be temporal, and Read More
Cytoscape is an open source software platform for visualizing molecular interaction networks and biological pathways and integrating these networks with annotations, gene expression profiles and other state data. Although Cytoscape was originally designed for biological research, now it is a general platform for complex network analysis and visualization. Cytoscape core distribution provides a basic set of features for data integration, analysis, and visualization.
When people refer to subtle energies, they tend to be referring to ethereal, ephemeral, and intangible things – things that have no concrete substance that you effectively hold in your hand. A lot of ideas about magic propose that it is facilitated by this ethereal and intangible thing. An intuitive concept of augmenting the attributes of something (enchanting it) is to take that ethereal substance, manipulate its properties, and anchor it in some way to something such that the physical object mediates ethereal properties so that it is augmented. This is effectively like painting or gilding an object. It does Read More
Snippet from a Reddit conversation: I wrote: LordNyssa wrote: That’s why magick in any true sense, is and will always be personal. Magic is sublime or this is to say it is beyond you. You know how the night sky is sublime and is beyond you. Thinking about the night sky and vastness of space implies that you are very very tiny. My apartment is personal. In respect, the Earth isn’t. So, if there was a tornado or an earthquake, my poor little personal space would be rattled around or outright obliterated. Magic is sublime in that sense. Magic is Read More
“Psychic” objects are phenomenal objects. Phenomenal objects are ones that fit our intuitions of what we think about when we think of “mental” things. Broadly, they are things like concepts, intentionality, intuition, attention, awareness, perception, experience, consciousness, etc. A construct is anything that is an intentional arrangement of elements. This means that any thought that you intentionally think about is a construct because it is an intentional arrangement of experiences, intuitions, concepts, and other things of that nature. This implies that whenever you imagine something, you are technically creating a construct. Metaphysically, there is a question of how this construct Read More
In this post we present a high level introduction to evolution and to how we can use mathematical tools such as dynamical systems and Markov chains to model it. Questions about evolution then translate to questions about dynamical systems and Markov chains – some are easy to answer while others point to gaping holes in current techniques in algorithms and optimization.
This video covers a range of what shapes and properties you’d encounter in higher dimensions.
When people go about making their own magical “systems”, there tend to be two popular routes they take: making their own magical language without formalizing their ontology or they create random sigils. The problem, though, is that those two popular methods alone technically don’t create a magical system. A magical system is an abstraction comprised of a body of axioms, rules, and operations. If you were to look at classical and historical “magical systems”, you will see a formally articulated set of axioms and rules; an example of this is Western occultism. The problem with informally creating your own magical Read More