Though it’s not really because cats do fit the container, but more because cats can fit their container,and that because they can relax to a point where you’d swear they were about to flow much as water flows to a lower level.
Though keep in mind that a cat is also able to react to a stimulus at the speed of a, well, cat.
First a confession I just haven’t read the whole article because I don’t have the money, I can’t afford a subscription. That said it strikes me that somebody is rather blatantly overestimating how capable we are. We are smart, we are incredible smart, we’re just not that smart.
It strikes me that it is more a matter of how we interpret things, and that depends a lot on how we can interpret it. And that depends a great deal on how we perceive things, and on how we can perceive them.
Then you have the matter of timing. For as far as I know we are limited as to when we can perceive, for our perceptions are not instantaneous. It takes us time to see, and time to interpret what we’re seeing. So what it comes down to us; it takes us time to see and how we see will affect what we see. To put it this way, what we’re getting his physically and temporally a blur. We might be able to sharpen our focus, but that is not quaranteed. And depending on how we can process the information we receive I suspect that there will always be a certain “murkiness” in our observations.
No, it sounds to me more a matter of wishful thinking than anything else. We don’t create, we learn. And what we learn and how we learn it depends a great deal on how we learn, how we can learn, how we interpret what we learn, and how we can interpret what we learn.
We create reality? Like Hell. It’s a matter of how we can see things, and that’s about the end of it
As sometimes happens with us creative types I had thoughts flooding my mind keeping me awake. They were sparked by the work I’d done earlier on steam engines and trains and what I’d read while preparing the work. In short, I got ideas.
One thing that occurre to me is the fact that on Ærth while internal combustion isn’t possible chemically, it would appear that it is possible magickal. That means that it is possible to have magickal internal combustion engines. Though what with magick being rather limited in it’s availability magickal engines are going to be correspondingly rare and correspondingly expensive. Which in turn means that such as internal combustion vehicles such as automobiles, trucks,buses and even aircraft are going to be rare.
And then it struck me that external combustion engines are possible, and what is a jet turbine but an external combustion engine? Which gives you turbine cars and turbine aircraft, you just need further technological development and the incentive to pursue it.
And then it occured to me that such development is most apt to make life better for mortals across the board regardless of species, and that in turn means that Ærth in turn would be able to support a higher population, regardless of what Ærth’s deities think of the matter.
So I’m thinking that on Advanced Ærth you could have a population of some 2 billion people even if it does give some gods conniptions. And with 2 billion souls you get effectively 20 million casters and maybe a couple hundred thousand mages and priests.
And this all means that magick is that much more common and available, which further means that people are going to be more comfortable with it and use it more often. It may even result in people being more open to being able to use castings meaning a higher percentage of the population who can.
You get right down to it, it mean substantial changes in the world and a very different look and feel. But it’s not very likely it’s not going to really be anything like ours, for this Ærth will still have some substantial differences with our Earth.
So I’ve given you some of my thinking on this matter. Not exactly indepth, but it could be developed further. For your part how you handle it, should you decide to, is up to you. Though think of what it might be like for the pilot of a jet plane to have to be diverted due to a flight of carpets that have gone off course.
I have come to the conclusion that the difference between science fiction and fantasy is that in science fiction matters can be understood, while in fantasy matters can not be understood.
Now the understanding need not be perfect, in fact any understanding is most likely to be imperfect, but at the least one can come rather close. But when understanding is not possible you’re pretty much stuck.
This of course has consequences. Such as when a story has science fictional trappings, but the reader has no real way to understand how things work. When such is the case the story is fantasy.
By the same token, when a story has fantasy trappings, but the reader can to some extent understand what is going on and how things work on a scientific basis, the tale is science fiction.
I mention this because after some reading and thinking I have come to the conclusion that the Ærth of Mythus is a science fiction setting in so far as it can be understood scientifically, even though it exhibits characteristics of fantasy.
I’m doing some research on steam engines for my work on the trains of Aerth when I run across this article at Wikipedia. Turns out that Heron of Alexandria really didn’t invent the steam engine as we know it today, but rather a rudimentary prelude there to. No, the first piston engine was invented by Thomas Newcomen of Britain in 1712. The first steam turbine was in 1551 was a more modern version in 1884.
Now I get to convert this all to Aerth, then write it up and incorporate it into The Trains of Aerth. Should interest the Mythus group on Facebook.
Don’t know about you, but that is a massive animal. He looms. I mean really looms. Thick chest, thick body, massive legs. The image is blurry and a clearer shot would be a lot better, but it’s damn obvious we’re not talking about a bear of any sort. You insist he’s a bear you’re a liar.
The first problem is we get just the one angle. Two angles would be a lot better, and at leat three would be marvelous.
The other problem is, he’s too damn human. At least in general appearance. You can say that he falls into an uncanny valley where he looks too much like us for us to be comfortable with him. We are so convinced that only we can have a look like that, proportions like that, be a bipedal terrestrial great ape like, that we refuse to accept there is at least one other genus of bipedal terrestrial great ape out there. To put it simply, we’re spoiled.
As for him being a man in a costume, it’s just too damn good. We don’t have the matrial to make it, we don’t have the skill to fit it. The animal’s movement is just too damn smooth with none of the bunching you’d expect in a costume. The skin is just too tight. What I see is a nude sasquatch walking around without a stitch on. It’s just too damn natural.
But if you’ve got to fret and bitch, you’re going to fret and bitch. They’re hear, they’re hairy, deal with it.
And keep this in mind, he’s ignoring the camera. He’s paying no attention to it at all, as far as I can see.
BTW, if you happen to now where I can find a more complete video of the subject. At last one with shots of the animal at another angle, drop the link in the comments below. But make sure it’s of the same subject.
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“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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