"If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, and stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings and risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, and lose, and start again at your beginnings and never breathe a word about your loss …  If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!"

Image: The Lights.  By AliceXZ.
Poem: Excerpt from If by R. Kipling

"If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, and stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings and risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, and lose, and start again at your beginnings and never breathe a word about your loss …  If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!"

Image: The Lights.  By AliceXZ.

Poem: Excerpt from If by R. Kipling

We experience the world through our senses.  The impressions gathered by them can be layered, forming emergent senses.  Taste is, in a way, an emergent sense, as it builds progressively on the olfactory.  We can also use our knowledge of technology to enhance our receptivity to stimulus.

Our eyes can be altered to perceive ultraviolet light.

There is also the practice of manufacturing senses like perceiving magnetism and just generally upgrading the human body.

Origins: The conversation that started it all

Just read an article about how dinosaurs were neither warm nor cold blooded, the conclusion is “the debate continues”

oh. you mean “science”

!!!

after several studies we’ve concluded that we need more studies

we propose that we study studying so that we can better understand how studying is effected by studies

I volunteer

wait, but then the study would be subject to volunteer bias

we’ll have to study that

I’m just bummed cause I got super into some experiments about faster than light travel via space warp bubbles and the conclusion was: “Well, we don’t know that it won’t work. Yay?”

yeah. i feel the same about worm holes.

relativity makes me terribly uncomfortable.

why? because all the fundamental assumptions about our reality and how we perceive it get thrown out the window and it’s enough to cause vertigo?

yeah me too

There’s a link between physics and evolution

Like, we don’t perceive the world the way it actually is, we perceive it in a way that was evolutionarily beneficial

Particularly time

dude. I am obsessed with trying to perceive time as a spatial dimension

like a fourth spatial dimension

 I just got dizzy

I kinda picture a given object stretched out over time simultaneously in every state over the course of it’s existence

 !!!

You just said the thing!

That’s the leading theory of time, that it’s all laid out and exists… Simultaneously

For lack of a better word

word.

but then you realize that there’s no real delineation between two objects except some space in between, and so if you really looked at things from outside time, you would see the whole universe as one four-dimensional whole

But then, why do we perceive a flow?

because how would it be physically possible to perceive the whole thing?

a thing cant know all of itself without being more than itself

But then why perceive part of it? Which is a terrible question, because it’s like asking why is anything anything?

Yeah, things just are.