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Consequences of Techomagic

Very interesting, but it also leaves out the possible perils of the Techomagical society (which seems like a good name for it).

Does magic produce possibly hazardous side effects? (ie: pollution).
Can animals use magic? The existence of magical creatures implies they might. Can bacteria use magic? How do you stop a magical plague?

Just at first glance, this seems to be a mostly unexplored area of fantasy/fiction.

Magic versus Technology and how the existence of magic would affect technological progress in a world that magic exists
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still check out Shadowrun (if you haven't already) I think it nicely explores what it would be like if magic came into the world of science.

Also this TV-Tropes page http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic﻿

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Interesting!

"We find that those who exploit opportunities to cheat on tests are likely to engage in self-deception, inferring that their elevated performance is a sign of intelligence. This short-term psychological benefit of self-deception, however, can come with longer-term costs: when predicting future performance, participants expect to perform equally well — a lack of awareness that persists even when these inflated expectations prove costly."﻿
Individuals who cheat in life quickly ignore the fact that their success is fraudulent, believing instead that their own abilities will carry them to even greater heights.
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Actually, they become successful politicians.
So, yes, in a Barnum sense, they are smart ;-)﻿

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Now I have to figure out how to pronounce K-Lütl-Lütl

Any help?﻿
Another of these dreams he had used as a basis for 'Pickman's Model,' while still another formed the nucleus for 'The Call of Cthulhu.' I referred to this story one day, pronouncing the strange word as though it were spelled K-Thool-Hoo. Lovecraft looked blank for an instant, then corrected me ...
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Lovecraft seems to have had a variety of opinions on the topic...

http://crypt-of-cthulhu.com/cthulwho.htm﻿

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Mr. Nimoy won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-Vulcan first officer in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek.”
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Yep..﻿

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This is fun, given that you like Legos!﻿
What's a good blog on probability without a post on Bayes' Theorem? Bayes' Theorem is one of those mathematical ideas that is simultaneously simple and demanding. Its fundamental aim is to formalize how information about one event can give us understanding of another. Let's start with the formula and some lego, then see where it takes us. Bayes' Theorem states: $$P(A|B) = \frac{P(B|A)P(A)}{P(B)}$$ As far as formulae go this one i...
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one of the fundamental questions :-)﻿

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This could work!﻿
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They faked the Moonlanding, by using the Rosswell UFO to fly them up there and fake it on the Moon!﻿
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Congress has never been more than a sausage factory. The point here isn't to make us something we're not. The point is to get us to make sausage again. But for that to happen, the people have to rise up and demand better.

H/T +David Brin﻿
Money rules, everyone loves gerrymandering, and more.
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I think this image from the Mariner V launch in 1967 says everything you need to know about what Nimoy means to us at NASA. #LLAP  ﻿
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The Hoover Dam contains a star map depicting the sky of the Northern Hemisphere as it appeared at the moment that Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the dam. Artist Oskar Hansen imagined that the massive structure might outlive our civilization, and that the map could help future astronomers to calculate the date of its creation. The center star on the map, Alcyone, is the brightest star in the Pleiades, and our sun occupies a position at the center of a flagpole. The whole map traces a complete sidereal revolution of the equinox, a period of 25,694 of our years, and marks the point of the dam’s dedication in that period.﻿
The Hoover Dam contains a star map depicting the sky of the Northern Hemisphere as it appeared at the moment that Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the dam. Artist Oskar Hansen imagined that the massive structure might outlive our civilization, and that the map could help future astronomers to ...
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Does it lead to Witch Mountain? :-)﻿

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Shark Week will never be the same. ﻿
Eugenie Clark, a marine biologist and ichthyologist, who died on Wednesday, helped the public understand and appreciate the much maligned shark.
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Wow. She was an icon. Can't believe she was 92. ﻿

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Well played, Randall.﻿
[[Person 1 and 2 stand in front of Person 2's bookcase. Person 1 flips through a number of them]] Person 1: All your books are full of blank pages. Person 2: Not true. That one has some ink on page 78. [[Person 1 looks at page 78]] Person 1: A smudge. Person 2: So? Person 1: There are no words.
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"Information itself has a liberal bias." - Steven Colbert, 28NOV2006
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A Wyoming kid transplanted to America's Dairyland. I miss the mountains. I love real winter and snow; it's so clean, clear, and everything I'm allergic to is dead. By day I crunch numbers for research, by night I write or paint or play games or other fun stuff as time allows.
My G+ goal: to share a few really good things every day --> Low volume but high signal. I tend to follow those who do the same.

In my spare time (ha!) I write blogs about the mathematics of games (Giant Battling Robots) and (sometimes) funny sciency-politicsy-stuff (Dread Tomato Addiction). I am Righteously Agnostic and a Skeptical Humanist.

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Husband, father, games hobbyist, gardener, bicyclist, skier, blogger, miniature painter, omelette-chef, Monty Python pundit, protist partisan, nonphilatelist. My Dad co-invented MULTICS scripts. My Erdős-Eastwood number is 4+2i*Pi
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Biostatistician, 1999 - present
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