Understanding J.K. Rowling

Update: Partway through writing this, I realized the length was getting out of hand. So this will be split into (at least three posts. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 I have spent the last two weeks watching the world come together denouncing J.K. Rowling for transphobia. My first impression was that this […]

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The origin of consciousness explained

Once you strip away the essentialist veneer from consciousness it becomes fairly easy to imagine a gradual natural process giving rise to it, particularly in a competitive environment like our biosphere where organisms needs to work harder than their neighbour to get food.

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Vice: Truth and Lies

Vice has a wonderful longform article about the ethics of deception in magic. It’s part of an issue they’ve put together about truth and lies. Magic is undeniably flourishing in a sea of new media outlets like YouTube and Instagram. Now Netflix is firmly on board producing a variety of series and specials with magicians […]

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Zinkydoink!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal on art: One of the important things to remember when having grownup conversations is that words get their meanings from us and the way we use them. They are not handed down and set in stone. This becomes a problem when trying to have a conversation with an ordinary sounding word […]

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Keep your New Years Resolutions secret

It’s a New Year and this is a nice chance to get back to the heart of what this blog is supposed to be about. Firstly — the video by Greg (of Greg & Mitch, the Toronto-based couple who run ASAP Science) is about why telling other people what your New Year’s resolutions are makes […]

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