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Author Q&A / Re: The God of Negative Theology
« on: June 23, 2016, 01:26:12 am »
As nonconscious.

Author Q&A / Re: Moralising and logistics
« on: June 23, 2016, 01:24:57 am »
Sounds like you've found your calling, Callan!

Systems thinking is always going to be too hard of a sell, I think, at least of the kind you and I think are required. This is why for me, the important thing is to make people suspicious of atavisms.

Author Q&A / Re: Titirga's Grasping
« on: June 23, 2016, 01:19:41 am »
Little is known of Titirga's extraordinary gifts. Though various accounts reference instances that seem to support the notion that he somehow anticipated the Psukhe, idiosyncrasies abound in the descriptions of sorcery in the time of Ancient Umerau.

Author Q&A / Re: χώρα, topos, aporos and Derrida
« on: June 23, 2016, 01:14:41 am »
It's been so long I'm honestly not sure of their original provenance. The idea, however, is that intentionality is objectively real, which means that Earwa is chalk-filled with transcendental signifieds--which is basically what sorcery amounts to, transcendental signification, utterances true by virtue of materializing their objects. "Deconstruction" understood as a peculiar, hyper-intellectualized form of interpretation is simply a false theory in Earwa. But the objectivity of signification suggests the objectification of any number of semantic phenomena (after all, this is basically what premodern and fantastic ontologies consist in), including  the collapse of apparently true claims into contradiction or aporia. Chorae concretize the collapse of intentionality into contradiction, thus undoing transcendental significations not bound into the intelligibility of the whole, that is, the sorcerous vandalism of Nonmen and Men.

With topos the idea is simply that suffering, as something objective, itself entails an objective toll, one commensurate with the intuitive premium it commands. Too much has the effect of rubbing existence itself raw.

Did Kellhus understand it? Without a baseline for emotional intensity, how could he possibly understand it? The Dunyain our every bit as susceptible to neglect as we are--as we learn in many different ways through the books. If there's one thing they are, it's confident that their abilities surpass those of the worldborn. Does Kellhus believe in 'the power of love' or does he believe in belief in the power of love? Only hindsight bias makes errors of neglect seem obvious in retrospect: Moenghus had every reason to assume he eclipsed the worldborn in every way involving power, simply because he so manifestly did eclipse them.

Author Q&A / Re: Wutteat Specs
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:31:33 am »
I can tell you Wutteat's breath is neither mundane nor sorcerous. Otherwise I would just be pulling numbers out of my ass that you can just as easily pull out of your own! ;) There's clues enough, I think, to rough out some estimates.

Author Q&A / Re: A Few Questions...
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:23:50 am »
Bingo... It thinks, therefore I was.

Author Q&A / Re: Philosophy reading list?
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:22:32 am »
It's really hard for me to recommend philosophy texts because so many of them require a philosophy degree to really appreciate. This is even the case with most internet resources, including Wikipedia, let alone SEP. Susan Blackmore's A Short Introduction to Consciousness is outstanding as a philosophy of mind introduction, but looking at my walls, even my freshmen texts strike me as too far down the conceptual path dependency road to serve as a lay introduction. Rereading one of them, Churchland's Matter and Consciousness, last year made me realize how I little of it I understood as a freshmen.

I remember enjoying Wil Durant's The Story of Philosophy as a young teen, but it strikes me as crap now. I do think many of the comic book introductions to philosophers are actually quite good, but I've only ever perused them at friends' houses and bookstores.

Author Q&A / Re: Nil'Giccas and Nin'Cilijiras
« on: June 22, 2016, 08:59:08 pm »
You'll have to explore Ishterebinth to find out, I fear!

Author Q&A / Re: Why a Womb-Plague?
« on: June 22, 2016, 08:58:16 pm »
The simplest way to look at the Womb Plague is as a kluge. The Inchoroi are stuck with the remnants of a technology they can no longer understand. At the same time, think of what it is the No-God, as a technology, yields the Inchoroi: the death of birth. They attempted to give immortality to their Nonmen allies to begin with, to save their souls, realized afterward that their gift was fatal to their women. This yielded a crude tool they needed to accomplish at least part of the No-God's function.

Author Q&A / Re: Synethse
« on: June 22, 2016, 01:18:57 pm »
Glamour. The Inchoroi have developed their own variant of affect driven sorcery, since developing the capacity to see and manipulate the onta.

Author Q&A / Re: The Rape of Omindalea
« on: June 22, 2016, 01:14:47 pm »
And it is hard to find decent scribes nowadays, since the Many-Hands have seized the lowland cities, and the Cironji pirates have shut down all commerce, including traffic in slaves.

Author Q&A / Re: Wracu and Chorae
« on: June 22, 2016, 01:11:19 pm »
Mike mentioned this on TPB as the 'question of questions,' but I'm sure this in the books somewhere. Wracu find them painful, for reasons that are hotly contested. One interpretation involves the fact that it's not just places where atrocity wears thin the fabric of the onta. As Wutteat shows, it's beings as well. Wracu, some argue, are demonic in some respect.

Another interpretation turns on the way morality is intrinsic to the ontology of the World. If you look at Chorae as 'logic bombs' designed to obliterate violations of code, then you can chart antipathies to Chorae according to different kinds of violations. Thus the difference between Schoolmen and Cishaurim. Wracu are not simply Inchoroi abominations, they are Inchoroi abominations possessing souls. Like the Cishaurim, they do not so much violate the 'letter' as the 'spirit' of natural law. Chorae are 'ontological stressors' in the latter instance. 

Author Q&A / Re: A Few Questions...
« on: June 22, 2016, 12:47:01 pm »
I was raised in a troubled household split between my father, who hated religion, and my mother, who was an evangelical Christian. We *argued* at my dinner table - argued a lot. I had a conversion moment which I still remember distinctly, weeping, FEELING Jesus enter my heart, before becoming a teenager. Then I had another conversion moment, equally emotional, when I was fourteen, when I finally understood why that feeling had to be a lie.

Author Q&A / Re: The Rape of Omindalea
« on: June 22, 2016, 12:39:55 pm »
I had no idea it was removed! I'll have to investigate...

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