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

## Tag: PBS Infinite Series

## John Dee and Thaumaturgy

zsd232 wrote: …John Dee is also a key author, but Enochian magic attributed to him was actually manufactured from a small portion of his surviving writings, recovered quite a long time after his death… I wrote: I’ve found I’m one of the few sorcerers who practice what John Dee meant tacitly by Thaumaturgy – what would be referred to as engineering abstractly. It seems like a lot of people practice Theurgy – Enochian magic, under the impression that’s what John Dee meant by Thaumaturgy. He was referencing the idea of the archetypal “black box” where a mechanism abstractly does something Read More

## Dissecting Hypercubes with Pascal’s Triangle

What does the inside of a tesseract look like? Pascal’s Triangle can tell us.

## Splitting Rent with Triangles

You can find out how to fairly divide rent between three different people even when you don’t know the third person’s preferences! Find out how with Sperner’s Lemma.

## Network Mathematics and Rival Factions

The theory of social networks allows us to mathematically model and analyze the relationships between governments, organizations and even the rival factions warring on Game of Thrones.

## How to Generate Pseudorandom Numbers

What is a the difference between a random and a pseudorandom number? And what can pseudo random numbers allow us to do that random numbers can’t?

## How Infinity Explains the Finite

Peano arithmetic proves many theories in mathematics but does have its limits. In order to prove certain things you have to step beyond these axioms. Sometimes you need infinity.

## Kill the Mathematical Hydra

How do you defeat a creature that grows two heads for every one head you chop off? You do the math. Mathematician Kelsey Houston-Edwards explains how to defeat a seemingly undefeatable monster using a rather unexpected mathematical proof. In this episode you’ll see mathematician vs monster, thought vs ferocity, cardinal vs ordinal. You won’t want to miss it.

## The Mathematics of Quantum Computers

What is the math behind quantum computers? And why are quantum computers so amazing? Find out on this episode of Infinite Series.

## Associahedra: The Shapes of Multiplication

What happens when you multiply shapes? This is part 2 of our episode on multiplying things that aren’t numbers.

## The Multiplication Multiverse

Multiplication of numbers is an associative property and we can make sense of “multiplication” between things that aren’t numbers but that’s not considered as associativity.

## Are Prime Numbers Made Up?

Is math real or simply something made up by mathematicians? You can’t physically touch a number yet using numbers we’re able to build skyscrapers and launch rockets into space.

## Telling Time on a Torus

What shape do you most associate with a standard analog clock? Your reflex answer might be a circle, but a more natural answer is actually a torus. Surprised? Then stick around.

## The Geometry of SET

In the card game SET, what is the maximum number of cards you can deal that might not contain a SET?