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Re: Ferochromon: the Ebisedian conworld (fwd)

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 24, 2002, 20:35
On Wed, Jul 24, 2002 at 12:15:03PM -0700, JS Bangs wrote:
> I thought I'd save HS Teoh the trouble and forward this myself. It's quite > informative.
Thanks. I was just about to post a few messages on a website somewhere :-) (Perhaps I still will. I might even start writing up more details on said website, too.)
> The only further complaint that I have is that the > con-physics are almost entirely conceptual and not at all mathematical, > which makes me suspicious. Physics just ain't right without some serious > number-crunching behind it.
[snip] Nah ... :-) I've always been a qualitative person. I can do abstract calculus theorizing like a snap, but mundane, everyday arithmetic gets me completely stuck all the time. Or calculating actual values for definite integrals, for that matter. I used to know qualitative organic chem like the back of my hand in high school, but at the first sight of actual numbers, everything goes out the window. :-P The problem with creating a purely mathematical model for this particular set of con-physics is that it must apply on the universal scale. (After all, it *is* an entire universe; fictional, but infinitely large nonetheless.) It would probably take several lifetimes to get anything resembling a "consistent" system, which is much more than I have time/interest for. Besides, I haven't actually decided whether or not this con-world actually follows mathematical laws. You might say that in that case it shouldn't be called "physics", and I agree, to a certain extent. It isn't "physics" in the sense of actual, quantitative measurements and conclusions drawn from that; but it *is* "physics" in the sense that it operates according to governing principles. The Ebisedian conworld has always been, since its conception a number of years ago, an unlikely union of sci-fi and fantasy. In a sense, one of the reasons I haven't gotten to the mathematical level is that I'm still molding this beast. It's far from finished. There are still many things that I haven't resolved yet. Creative processes, IMHO, usually need some degree of freedom to form and take shape, before being subjected to more rigor and working out of detail. I've always found, whether in conlanging or conworlding or composing music, that being overly analytic from day one usually leads to a dead-end rather quickly. And since this *is* fictional, there really is no pressing need to completely resolve everything. I do try not to be sloppy, and make things as consistent as possible, but I really don't mind if this fictional world is a bit self-contradictory. It makes it more interesting. :-) T -- All men are mortal. Socrates is mortal. Therefore all men are Socrates.