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03: School

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I woke up two seconds before my alarm went off. It takes me two seconds before I'm awake enough to disable the alarm, but I was already turning it off before it went off. I remember being awake first. I'm not insane. Why was I two seconds early?

I remember there was something about recursion, and maybe other worlds. I was in another world. I ran out of time. Why did I run out of time? It wasn't my alarm. Two seconds early. Why?

Suddenly my mind becomes coherent, the memory dissolves, and I'm back to consensus reality. I know it was the most important thing in the world a minute ago, but I cannot remember it. I'm awake. Time for class.


In my Philosophy course we're going over how knowledge can be known. Mythology was presented as an "outdated" (the quotes are the professor's) example of a way to know something. Specifically we looked at the myth of a nation called Refola. The professor says he chose this example because of the three main categories the myths fall into.

First, there's the list of pseudo-historical anecdotes of what Refola supposedly did. The anecdotes essentially boil down to Refola practicing near-perfect isolationism such that no one can reach it. Of course a fake place is unreachable. Boring.

Second, there are completely ridiculous prophesies. For example: "Refola will reveal itself to the world when Earth and Mars are enslaved." This is plainly ridiculous; it will be centuries before Mars is colonized enough to be "enslaved" and even then the last historical mentions of Refola were from civilizations that died out millenia ago. Why am I even paying attention?

Finally, and most interestingly, there are prophesies that were completely ridiculous at the time, but have still come true. The oldest example is millennia old: "The fourteenth element will revolutionize magic after the ninety-second and ninety-fourth destroy cities." The 14th element in the periodic table is Silicon, responsible for much of the computer ("magic") revolution. The 92nd and 94th elements are Uranium and Plutonium, used in the city-destroying atomic bombs at the end of World War II. Although this makes sense now, the prophesy was from a time when "element" meant something different

Huh? Marginally interesting, but probably either extreme coincidence or historical revisionism.


In my Physics class we're studying Newtonian mechanics. A common pattern is that all the forces (gravitational, electrical, magnetic, etc) are inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the two objects involved in the force. For example, if you go twice as far from the Earth's center, its gravity will only pull a quarter as strongly. Three times as far is only a ninth as strong. Confusing and abstract, but at least I don't have to memorize a new formula, just the variables.

Unfortunately, the Physics department doesn't have the budget for students to experiment with gravity. The closest I've managed is in my dreams, but they aren't exactly subject to Newtonian physics. The inverse-square law applies to my ability to see things visually (as opposed to using my semi-omniscience), but the realism ends there.

Once I can focus on a target, I can use my telekinesis on it freely, regardless of distance. In fact, it's actually easier to act on farther objects; they're conceptually smaller so less effort is used. However, this principle doesn't apply to the others; their power against me is strongest when they're closer. Selective physics is weird.


Over half my classes are Math, which is actually the easier subject for me. Unlike Physics and Philosophy, everything in math is defined exactly, most things are 100% provable, and it's simple enough for me to understand it.

[math's simple certainty is almost meditative, vs. physics & philosophy stuff]