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easter wrote:
Let me rephrase. They wanted Psychology to be seen (by both the public and the academy) as a Natural Science on par with physics and chemistry that was part of the STEM fields and used the scientific method to make objective discoveries about the natural world rather than part of the humanities and liberal arts because that classification would give them greater prestige and funding and support their inherent worldview. It was a political move.


As someone with training in that field, let me make a suggestion:

Perhaps there are other motivations than the political for wanting to be a science.
Melendwyr wrote:
DunkelMentat wrote:
This reminds me of the Dune series somehow (Except, you know, the prose is better. It's okay to admit that about Dune.)


Seriously? Frank Herbert could write, and Dune was his masterpiece.

Seriously. Dune had a profound effect on me. Reading it sparked my interest in neuroscience and I went into neuroscience as a profession (left a couple years ago for machine learning). Have you gone back and read the series as an adult? The writing is not as good as I thought it was as a child. It's so on-the-nose.
DunkelMentat wrote:
Have you gone back and read the series as an adult? The writing is not as good as I thought it was as a child. It's so on-the-nose.


Oh, the series. Yeah, he continued in the same vein because he needed money. But Dune is still a masterpiece.
Melendwyr wrote:

As someone with training in that field, let me make a suggestion:

Perhaps there are other motivations than the political for wanting to be a science.


Such as a desire to produce an accurate and repeatable analysis of human cognition and behavior.

As someone who also has training in this field, I agree.
Melendwyr wrote:
DunkelMentat wrote:
This reminds me of the Dune series somehow (Except, you know, the prose is better. It's okay to admit that about Dune.)


Seriously? Frank Herbert could write, and Dune was his masterpiece.


He was a great writer, I'll admit.

But the man couldn't write a song to save his life. Try singing any of Gurney's songs out loud, and you'll notice it.

Edit: And I believe the Xanth/Panty shock thing is mainly explored in The Dastard, I can't remember it being referenced much in other novels.
So in this final hour or so before next post, I wanted to share one last thing that I noticed in this comic.

"Perceiving intuition, identity, and emotion as mere vibration on G-strings is like defining the sea only in terms of how a cork bobs up and down."

String theory is about strings vibrating in (roughly) 10 dimensions.

There are eight schools of magic. A through H are 8 letters. If there is one type of string per school of magic, then each can have a vibration; we are still missing two types of vibration.

What could those two types be? Is one held by people from other worlds (in Canon, that's the two perfect warlords)? Is one held by the Titans (or do they share with the other two in their school)?

Or has Jed actually told us what they are. An upkeep string, and all the little juice strings.

One string/dimension for each of the eight classes of magic. One for upkeep. One for juice.

That's 10 ways that a one-dimensional string can vibrate. That's the full 11 dimensions of string theory.

We finally have a complete picture (well, my theory anyways) of Erfworld and string theory.
alowe wrote:
What blows my mind is that all arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) is achieved in computing using just not gates. You might think, they also have and gates and or gates etc, but these other gates are made from not gates.

You need or-gates as well. In some technologies, you can wire the output from the gates together and it will act as an or-gate (this is technology dependent; you need the outputs from the previous transistor to be effectively true or disconnected instead of true or false).

With just not, you're limited to one's complement, and cannot calculate carry, etc.
keybounce wrote:
So in this final hour or so before next post, I wanted to share one last thing that I noticed in this comic.

"Perceiving intuition, identity, and emotion as mere vibration on G-strings is like defining the sea only in terms of how a cork bobs up and down."

String theory is about strings vibrating in (roughly) 10 dimensions.

There are eight schools of magic. A through H are 8 letters. If there is one type of string per school of magic, then each can have a vibration; we are still missing two types of vibration.

What could those two types be? Is one held by people from other worlds (in Canon, that's the two perfect warlords)? Is one held by the Titans (or do they share with the other two in their school)?

Or has Jed actually told us what they are. An upkeep string, and all the little juice strings.

One string/dimension for each of the eight classes of magic. One for upkeep. One for juice.

That's 10 ways that a one-dimensional string can vibrate. That's the full 11 dimensions of string theory.

We finally have a complete picture (well, my theory anyways) of Erfworld and string theory.

I believe the number of dimensions in string theory refers to the number of thinkamancer states:

There are 7 achieved by the Great Minds (Regular Thinkamancers reach up to 3), with State 7 requiring 6 Master Thinkamancers. They further add that there are '4 Theoratical' states above 7, allowing 11. Deisaac is currently so powerful because he's a State 8.
keybounce wrote:

Or has Jed actually told us what they are. An upkeep string, and all the little juice strings.

I'm almost entirely certain the "upkeep string" is actually Turnamancy. Jed's word for it, maawe ho'one'e, translates as something like "string of movement". Or at least that's as close as I could get with the Hawaiian translation sources I was able to find (I don't speak Hawaiian).
Bobfromjanitorial wrote:
He was a great writer, I'll admit.

But the man couldn't write a song to save his life. Try singing any of Gurney's songs out loud, and you'll notice it.


That's what poetry sounds like when it's translated literally. (And since other languages have very different poetic conventions, sometimes based on features that English doesn't even have, it's hard to properly appreciate their poetry.)