Chapters 84-88: Descent
Thomas Eliot’s translations of The Enchiridion of Epictetus
Ron’s Not Dumb video
Sword of Good (and audio in two parts)
MythBusters kick down doors
Worldbuilding is Important blog post
For next week — 89-92
89. The Face of a Place
90. Head of House
91. An Open House
Cakoluchiam’s stellar Character Sheet
Steven’s Predictions – Everything is a Clue
Worth the Candle can be read at AO3 or RoyalRoad.
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Have you heard about the ‘Absolute Denial Macro’?
What if the feeling of pain isn’t something bad in and of itself and the horrible thing is the weakening of synapses.
For an Absolute Denial Macro to be reaistic there should be some number of humans for which it fails: Extreme Masochists. For them pain doesn’t weaken neurons and they can freely seek out .
On the flipside there could be the theory that Orgasms aren’t good, they just strenghten the neurons that caused them.
Finally that means that it doesn’t matter if there’s some specific qualia that we humans associate with the weakening of neurons, the qualia isn’t the problem, it’s just a signal.
It’s not that it just takes one person to make a frog people army.
It’s that you need to raise, clothe, feed, arm, educate and moisten 500000 freaking people. If you had the resources to do that on earth, you could go to africa and india, collect disaffected children and raise THEM into an army.
On Aerb you just have the advantage of much lower population density and, I guess, Barren Bread, so you can find an out of the way place. Which just leaves the clothe, raise, educate ect issue.
Also genetic diversity. Still in the middle of listening.
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