Modal discourse concerns alternative ways things can be, e.g., what might be true, what isn’t true but could have been, what should be done. This entry focuses on counterfactual modality which concerns what is not, but could or would have been.
witty_dullness wrote: Everyone is mentioning an energetic shift or cosmic occurrence happening in Oct/Nov. Can someone tell me what’s up? I wrote: Psychic energy is an abstraction of consciousness (astral energy is a confluence of reliable, frequent events and cycles; like the seasons), so any cultural shifts or differences among cohorts can shift energy. Any group of people that experiences or thinks about the same events will create fluxes. Dean Radin, in particular, studied this. A field of consciousness is an abstraction of this model. The Global Consciousness Project is a project intended to gather empirical and experimental data on Read More
dreghouserat wrote: …This is a bit long so TLDR: I experienced pain, met a guy who “worked” on me for about 4-5 hours to “balance” my body. Was extremely tired afterwards and the following days felt extremely sore in parts of my body… …Anyone have any thoughts? I’m not sure exactly what to think of it all. I know he has helped my pain a lot and I know I trust him. I have a good connection to my instincts, I know that he means well with what he does, but I also know that he is no expert and Read More
Integrated Information Theory is one of the leading models of consciousness. It aims to describe both the quality and quantity of the conscious experience of a physical system, such as the brain, in a particular state. In this contribution, we propound the mathematical structure of the theory, separating the essentials from auxiliary formal tools.
cyrusmagnus wrote: I’d love to hear your thoughts one day on what you think is the best approach for an absolute beginner to start at. I wrote: A person can gain tacit knowledge, knowledge of how to do magic, from perception of veridical experiences. I can physically balance myself because I take a step and observe I am standing upright. Feedback about my position tells me how to position my body. That real-time feedback that tells me I am still standing is mathematically dynamical and chaotic mind you. Tacit knowledge about how to perform magic is similar to the intuition Read More
LockandQi wrote: …As an economist with an undergrad in physics I appreciate this comment a lot!… I wrote: You can apply Markov Chains and stochastic differential equations to magic. More abstractly, you can use partial differential equations of empirical observations of “magic” to model it in factual ways. Technically, when you make an event more likely, you are creating an attractor. You are probably familiar with attractors and repellors. Think of changing a future outcome as constraining events so that probabilities are attracted that outcome in a similar way you can get attractive forces by squaring some quantities. A basic Read More
snail-lad wrote: I’m proficient with multiple forms of sigil making but I’ve recently seen something called a spell circle. All my research leads me to casting a circle which Isn’t what I’m looking for. Can anyone help me out? I wrote: Magic circles denote domains of authority, influence and power, or to serve as a denotation of transitions of experience. The purpose of magical circles and triangles in many Victorian grimoires is to function like licenses, degrees, or police badges regarding evoked and restrained entities. It is symbolic of something intrinsically and implicitly there, because whatever is extensional of you Read More
Note: This is a work in progress and a draft. I am still working on this post and have not finished it, yet. When people ask how to get started with many paranormal, psychic, or magical arts, a prerequisite step that is recommended by many people is usually developing sensitivity to an abstraction of influence. Many practices of energy work and energy healing, concepts in psionics, and popular ideas in occultism concerning influence are metaphysical cognates of animism and vitalism. Specifically, many ideas involved in many paradigms of “energy work” and “energy manipulation” are cognates of Mesmerism and Spiritualism. A Read More
Organic chemistry is pretty much everywhere! In this episode of Crash Course Organic Chemistry, we’re talking about the amazing diversity among organic molecules. We’ll learn about the origins of organic chemistry, how to write Lewis structures, condensed structures, and skeletal formulas, and what gross organic compound the Romans used to dye their fabrics pretty colors.
Welcome to Crash Course Organic Chemistry hosted by Deboki Chakravarti! Starting next week, we’ll be tackling the notoriously complicated subject of organic chemistry, and hopefully having some fun along the way!
To determine the degree to which changes of thermodynamic entropy affect the quality of anomalous cognition, we launched a three-year effort funded by the BIAL Foundation. Twenty-two San Francisco Bay Area sites were identified all of which were neutral regarding native changes of entropy.
No spooks or paranormal military organizations associate with Rainsong. She is not a military-trained psychic “technician.” She is not, nor has she ever been, a lab rat. She is not even a good telepath because she was unable to discern who was behind many different screen names. She is a secretary. More specifically, she is an administrative secretary for a university and a copywriter. I am not quite sure why she lies, considering that she is associated with academic research in holistic medicine, and she played an integral role in book research and book editing for the head professor for Read More