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
“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
This is a topic a lot of people have been asking me about (I’ve been getting emails like crazy). When I have time, I’ll write a more formal posting, but this is a conversation I had on reddit on this. The conversation has been redacted and cleaned up for clarity and relevancy. I wrote: …I don’t have, nor really believe in, a Great Work. I’m working on an article on this, but, from my perspective, magic is a type of game. Trying to come up with a theory of magic is like trying to come up with a theory of Read More
I am a big consumer of science fiction and fantasy, and like all big sci-fi/fantasy geeks, I am into Marvel and DC. Psionic characters were okay to me, but they didn’t interest me too much. Besides the Darkover series written by Marion Zimmer Bradley, psionic characters don’t really pull me in. I am a big fan of the sorcerers of DC like Zatanna and Constantine. When it comes to Marvel, I am a big fan of Doctor Strange. In fact, DC has an animated movie called Justice League Dark and Doctor Strange has his own movie and own presence in Read More
This is an open-source, modern physics textbook typically for the third semester students majoring in engineering, physics or chemistry. An emphasis is placed on fundamental principles as well as numerical solutions to equations where no analytical solutions exist. The content begins with optics and uses that as a stepping stone to wave phenomena and quantum systems.
My fiancé is a genius! He used his intuitive knowledge as a singer to help me figure out how to make manipulation of reality through manipulation of probable futures consistent. Temporal histories and probabilities are basically a set of harmonics, according to Physics. Time is less like a line and more like a collection of superimposed sinusoidal waves. You can see this if you look at how you can use Fourier Transformation (FT) to turn instances of time-dependent objects into frequency spectrums. Since the intervals of edges of concepts are “like” time in a lot of ways, you can apply Read More
So, this is a complex sorcerous talisman of mine. With talismans, the symbols act as conduits. The power comes from the entities (in this case psychic objects) associated with the representation. It’s a talisman of rings that defines a domain that acts as a loci for Experience, Perception, Awareness, Formation, Desire, and Fantasy so that psychic power resonates and is amplified. Those concepts comprise the nodes of the outer ring and the lines throughout the talisman are a mapping of the psychic forces from those concepts – it acts as a vector of psychic forces. Since this is also a Read More
But this intuitive, mechanical reality is emergent from underlying reality in which the particles that form matter arise from of the combination of an infinity of possible properties. And forget matter – the vacuum itself is the sum of infinite possible particles. If we fully unravel this idea we’ll be on the verge of tackling things like Hawking radiation. But as you’ll see today, in that unraveling we are led, unavoidably, to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle.
There are some pretty out-there explanations for the processes at work behind the incredibly successful mathematics of quantum mechanics – things are both waves and particles at the same time, the act of observation defines reality, cats are alive and dead, or even: the universe is constantly splitting into infinite alternate realities. The weird results of quantum experiments seem to demand weird explanations of the nature of reality.