Magic Isn’t Fair or Egalitarian

Magical or psychic influence in politics is intrinsically corrupt and violent. I have been disappointed with the recent integration of magic, occultism, and paranormal phenomena with political propaganda. Left-leaning political groups and progressive forms of occultism claim they use magic to combat alt-right ideology, disparity, corruption, and inequality. Attempting to use magical forces to do this is hypocritical and corrupt. Many people confuse the emotions of jealousy, envy, anger, and hatred. Jealousy is an emotion tied to feeling insecure and that you will lose something. For example, a friend might be jealous of their friend’s boyfriend because they feel like Read More

Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology

In this compelling, richly illustrated book, Adrienne Mayor tells the fascinating story of how ancient Greek, Roman, Indian, and Chinese myths envisioned artificial life, automata, self-moving devices, and human enhancements―and how these visions relate to and reflect the ancient invention of real animated machines.

About Psi Balls

Psi balls, and all psionic constructs, are imaginary unless correlated with a real entity outside your mind. That correlation is a change, so you can determine if your imagined construct has a real influence by looking at changes in things that are not your mind. For example, if you intend to shift temperature or influence something, it should do work. Technically, psi balls are unrealistic conceptual abstractions that can model real influences. There is technically no ball of psychic energy between your hands because energy is an abstraction for how objects can change. My recommendation is to loop back veridical Read More

The Nature of Code: Simulating Natural Systems with Processing

In this post, there is a playlist of video lectures that supplement the book.

How can we capture the unpredictable evolutionary and emergent properties of nature in software? How can understanding the mathematical principles behind our physical world help us to create digital worlds? This book focuses on a range of programming strategies and techniques behind computer simulations of natural systems, from elementary concepts in mathematics and physics to more advanced algorithms that enable sophisticated visual results.
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