What I just remembered is the fact that on Ærth according to Grumbold’s article in Journey 2 the scientists of Ærth—and as far as I’m concerned they’re scientists—are along with their steam engines producing airships. And this is in a supposedly traditional fantasy setting.
It’s not a matter of how gonzo Gary was, but in how he was gonzo.
“And what evidence would that be?” I can hear you ask.
That Ærth has steam engines.
The evidence is in an article in issue 2 of Journeys on page 39, and was written by one Ernest Grumbold—a nom de plume of Gary Gygax. Since that detail has been confirmed I now have an article to write for this blog, and I’m going to make it pay to read. It’s going to be a long one, folks.
But fret not, it’ll be just a couple of dollars—after all I’ll have a ton to cover, such as why a world with magick would need steam engines..
This is a matter of how I see things, I matter of how I see how magick works in the Dangerous Journeys engine, and most specifically in the Mythus RPG. It may not be how you see things working, but it works for me.
What is Science?
Science really is not a thing, it is more a way of seeing things, or handling the matter of investigation. From what I’ve read science is more a set of techniques for learning and discovery, a way to test the truth of a propostion, to verify its validity.
First you make a guess as to what’s going on.
Then you make obsevations of what is going on, and/or run experiments.
You carefully note down everything of what happens, even when it contradicts your idea of what’s going on and why
You try to explain what happened in your observations and experiements.
When your observations and experiments contradict your idea of what’s going on and why, you change your idea to better fit your observations and experiements.
When your observations and experimens fit you idea of what’s going on and why you’ve got a better idea of what’s going on and why, and now you can better persuade fellow scientists you’re on the right track and that they can now test your work to see if they can replicate it.
If they can, by gum you’ve got a theory.
Magick as a Science
Now here it is a matter of how magick can be treated. As far as I can see magick where it works can be treated as a science. In fact, in such a world people will insist on treating magick as as a science because it does work, and treating it as understandable will be more comfortable than just saying it’s a mystery
For you see, we are an animal who insists on understanding, on having a good idea of how a thing works, for with understanding we ease our minds. We hate uncertainty and will do most anything to eliminate it—which is the secret behind quantum physics, which is really our attempt to explain just why certain phenomena puzzle us.
And with magick the science of magick, our explanations of how it works, is really our attempt to come up with a good explanation of how it works.
How we explain things depends a lot on how we can explain. On how we can see what is happening and on how we can understand what is happening.
In aTurtledove series one party took an in depth look at two of the laws of magick on their world, and came to the conclusion that the laws of simularity and dissimularity were different expressions of a more encompassing law. I think you could call it the law of relations. That is, the law of how things relate to each other.
Now here it is a matter of how magick is seen to work, of how it is understood. And on Ærth there is a disagreement as to how magick works.
In dweomercræfting it is a matter of how magick is seen to apply, whether through the law of sympathy or the law of conduction. In priestcræfting it’s seen more as a matter of what happens and which segment of existence is seen as the source.
In other words, it is a matter of how magick is seen as working. Though when you get right down to it, while both theories work as far as people can tell, that they to some extent contradict each other means that either, or both, are wrong.
For a scientific theory is a matter of understanding how something works, or at least of having a good workable idea of how it works. When you have two mutual contradictory workable ideas you’ve got something wrong. At least where your understanding is concerned. And when you get right down to it, it means you really don’t understand what’s going on.
The essential difference between dweomer and priestcræfting may come down to a matter of how magick is seen as working, but as the difference between particles howaves were seen as working earlier in the physics of how world. At least until a certain wit announced that what we were dealing with amounted to a wavicle where matters were both at once and behaved as both at once depending on what was going on and where it was going on.
So in the case of Ærth’s two cræfts magick is both a matter of which plane exactly the effect is to originate from, as well as what is being dealt with and how it is being dealt with.
And when you get right down to it, the planes of existence may have no really physical existence in and of themselves, but be more a matter of how things are handled by those who dwell within.To be examples of how their natures are seen, of how they can be seen, and most importantly with how they can be interacted with.
That is, the gods of Ærth do actually exist in the mundane world, it’s just that how they exist is so different from how the mundane exist that the two can’t interact in any meaningful way unless steps are taken to allow such interaction.
But this is all a matter of how I see things working, and since magick does not actually work here in our real world there’s no good way for us to test and verify my ideas. In other words, we can’t do science on this matter. Aint that a bitch.
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That’s about as far as I remember, but I do remember the gist; your fear isn’t you. Your fear is only a transient emotion that will pass. You are not your fear, when your fear passes you will be left and what once stressed you so will be gone.
I’m autistic, a high functioning autistic by still autistic. Things can get to be too much for my and I will have—as we call them—melt downs. Being terrified for no reason you can see is frightening, I wouldn’t recommend it.
Take a deep breath, let it out slowly, and let yourself relax. Find yourself a quiet place and just chill. And should some belligerent soul approach you just say, “May I help you?”. And always remember the words of the old rabbi who once said, “Be kind to those who persecute you, it’ll piss them off.”
To be honest with you here, it’s about bullying. Sexual harrasment and rape is a part of it, but that is all a part of bullying.
What is bullying?
It’s treating other people as if they were worthless. It’s treating what they are and what they do has having no real value beyond how you can use it to belittle them and amuse yourself. The worst thing about bullying is that the victim is made to feel worthless and undeserving of any consideration, and most often because the bully is a raging bigot.
Well I say fuck that. You get right down to it you have no damn reason to bully, no real reason at all. You don’t want to listen, you don’t want to consider the other has a person in his own right, then get lost. There is no real purpose in bullying other than to lord it over another or to bolster your own fragile ego. That’s my opinion and you can suffer.
You’re not alone on this planet and it’s time you woke up.
One last thing; has it ever occurred to you that you are being a failure when it comes to reproduction? That by bullying you are convincing other people that you would be a lousy mating partner and thus to be avoided. And that should you ever produce a child you are going to raise that child in a hostile environment where his survival and success is most likely going to be a dismal failure? Do you want to raise your kid in the sort of environment you hate so much? Then why do you insist that others have to live there too.
I’ve run across a story that tells us, this smells bad. It smells bad to prey animals, such as the one we are descended from and which we not not entirely changed from.
This is something you could use in your fanasy RPG. Let’s say the party is heading down a corridor when they pick up a bad smell. There’s blood in the area, and it tells those who do pay attention there is something wrong nearby.
You could even use it as warning, for who knows who might pick up the scent and come hunting? Orcs, goblins, even Klingons might come prowling around looking for a meal.
Fighter: Don’t worry about my gash, we have treasure to find.
Cleric: Shut your yap. I don’t want the local goblins to come looking for you to nosh.
In this story we learn that smart people tend to wander off track. For the most part it appears to be because being smart it really doesn’t take them all that much time to learn something, so their brains go off looking for more stuff to learn.
What this means is that schools that insist on treating all students alike are really causing serious damage. There are just some kids who need to be kept occupied, and when you let them get bored and restless they get into trouble.
Not only that, but we’re wasting a valuable resource. One kid learns fast, the other takes a bit longer. So when you have one person who understands why not ask him to teach the slower child?
Our goal really is not to keep control, our goal is to teach. So why not use what’s available to teach with?
At the National Scientist site there is an article on a pair of what appear to be primate teeth.What some have called human teeth. There’s a problem with that.
For one thing, who says they have to be human, or human-like? What makes them human, and are teeth like this unique to us? Or is it a matter of convergent evolution, of coincidence? If we had fossils of every tooth that once existented how many would look “human” even if the original owner wasn’t even primate or even mammalian.
One tooth has even been identified as a canine, while the other is identified as a molar. Now I look at the picture apparently of the two teeth and as far a I can tell they aint either. They both look to me as if they were both damaged, and they look remarkably alike. Now I’ve seen human canines and they have a single deep root. In both cases the two teeth apparently have a single truncated root. Far as I know only canines have a single root, and that is long.
Now take a good hard look at the two teeth in the picture in the article. Don’t know about you, but to me they look like the same kind of teeth. If it weren’t for some rather small difference in detail they could be copies of the same tooth. Depending on how the tooth was copied the differences could be due to copying errors.
What I’m hearing is people insisting it has to be because it fits a preconceived notion. Much like the claim that Weberpithecus naledi has to be a type of human because the discoverer, a Doctor Weber, needed to find a human. To me this is a case of people jumping to a conclusion because they got excited and irrational. We’re human, we do stuff like that.
My conclusion is; they’re not human, they might be canines or incisors, but neither is a molar or premolar. They may not even be primate. And I have a suspicion that both were damaged during the long years buried and are not complete speciemens. Of course, this assessment is just from a single picture and a proper exam could well tell us a lot more.
The one thing we can learn from this i the wisdom of the old adage, dont jump to conclusions. Check things out and check them out seriously. Most importantly, don’t guess. Make sure you know and if that means taking time then you take the damn time. Things don’t need to be what you need them to be.