complex concept


4/10/16: i’ve started studying the brain today, it’s so interesting and yet so exhausting! there are so many names and really complex spatial concepts. anyway i can’t wait to see an actual brain in the dissection lab 💫

on another note, i’ve been @arystudies weekly planner and i love it!!

taken from my studygram: @s.tudiyng

SciShow/SciShow Kids Video Maker Wanted

Missoula-based production company seeks a talented, smart, and creative full-time video maker to help us share educational content with the world through SciShow Kids, SciShow, SciShow Space, and SciShow Psychology: a group of YouTube channels with over 600 million views and 4.5 million subscribers. We’re expanding and sharing more content with more people and we’re looking for great personalities to help us. Accepted applications through January 20, 2017.

Here’s some of what we’re looking for:

  • Confidence in working with the Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Premiere and After Effects 
  • Experience working on a film set and anticipating needs
  • Confidence in explaining and animating complex concepts for very young viewers
  • Familiarity with SciShow and online education content
  • Passion for creative projects, and for accuracy and clarity in scientific communication
  • Interest in writing scripts a plus
  • Local to Missoula or willing to relocate to Missoula
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Flexibility and ability to take direction
  • Sense of humor and willingness to share ideas
  • Ambition to grow as a video maker and animator

Nerds of all sort encouraged to apply!

Please submit this application no later than January 20, 2017.

[Einstein] completed the [general theory of relativity] in November of 1915 and published it the following spring. Though its equations are complex, its central conception is startlingly simple. The force of gravitation disappears, and is replaced by the geometry of space itself: Matter curves space, and what we call gravitation is but the acceleration of objects as they slide down the toboggan runs described by their trajectories through the undulations of space. The planets skid along the inner walls of a depression in space created by the fat, massive sun; clusters of galaxies rest in spatial hollows like nuggets in a prospector’s bowl.
—  Timothy Ferris, ‘Coming of Age in the Milky Way’
We use systems to keep the wolf from the door, I thought. And systems are nothing but vast complexes of notions and concepts. Everything that helps us lose sight of the petty, pathetic and meaningless parts of our own selves. That is the wolf. The awkward, twisted or stupid part of the soul, the grudges and the envy, the hopelessness and the darkness, the childish joy and the unmanageable desire. The wolf is the part of human nature that the systems have no room for, the aspect of reality that our ideas, the firmament that the brain vaults above our lives, cannot fathom. The wolf is the truth.
—  Karl Ove Knausgaard, The Terrible Beauty of Brain Surgery

It astounds me how often we fail at being able to comprehend two complex concepts at the same time.

I’ve been seeing this post going around in two forms, about how Rogue One (which I have yet to see, so please NO SPOILERS) has an extreme lack of women (including background characters). That’s a really good, important point to discuss. And then there’s a post bashing that same article, pointing to the fact that the film highlights many non-white men and dismissing the article as white feminism.


Both of these may be correct.

The ability of a film to have great representation for men of different races, creeds, abilities and backgrounds does not for a moment contradict the inability of the film to have adequate representation for women of any race, creed, ability or background.

This is why I hate the “trash fire” all-or-nothing mentality. It cannot cope with the notion that something can be good and bad at the same time, in different corners and contexts. For example: something can be great for racial representation and terrible for LGBTQ+ representation. The former does not automatically make the thing great; the latter does not automatically make the thing terrible. (Key word: automatically.)

Not only that, things can have different meanings to different people based on their different experiences. For someone mixed race Asian-white, a main character like Chloe Bennet’s on Agents of SHIELD may be hugely important. For someone black, the show’s troubling history of killing off most of its black characters may be deeply problematic. Neither is wrong. 

Personal experiences shape our interpretations of things. Experiences are not universal. The world is not comprised of absolutes. The stunning lack of women in film (at every layer) intersects, of course, with the stunning lack of non-white people in film (at every layer), but neither is more or less important than the other. (Especially since the doubly stunning lack of non-white women in film is something we should talk about more.) It is not “white feminism” to point out that a film with ten character posters had only one devoted to a (white) woman (even if she is the lead), just because the remaining men are non-white. Nor is it misogynistic to appreciate the film’s focus on (male) non-white heroes.

Complex concepts can coexist.

why you are a better language learner than a young child
  • children are still learning their first language(s)
  • less of your energy is spent on growing, sleeping and cognitive development and so more can be put into language learning
  • you have already grasped the concept of complex language and the way symbols on paper or a screen can correspond to speech
  • your brain is already far more developed than that of a child, and you are able to grasp new concepts much faster and understand explanations of things like grammar, or definitions/translations of words using the language you already know as a crutch
  • you already know how to control air flow and move your mouth and vocal cords to make sounds
  • your ears are already tuned to pick up human speech and your brain has already developed the ability to decode this
  • unlike a child, who is only able to learn what it is exposed to, you are free to learn literally whatever you want, provided you can find materials for it
  • most children are first introduced to the concept of reading around the age of 3, but are not able to read and write with a relative degree of fluency before the age of 9 or 10, so if you already feel comfortable reading and writing most things in your target language after just 3 years of study, you have leant at least twice as fast as the aforementioned children
  • you are able to actively seek help with aspects of the language you find troublesome
  • you already know how to hold and use a writing utensil, how to look things up in a dictionary, type on a computer, use the internet
  • you already have a much wider understanding of the world and your surroundings than a child
  • if the language you are learning uses an alphabetical writing system, you are already miles ahead of any child who is not yet able to read any kind of alphabet
  • even if the writing system is not alphabetical, you still already understand the concept of written sentences, punctuation, paragraphs, arabic numbers, etc.
  • you already know how to infer meaning from context, including images, body language and vocal hints

I wrote a paper for my animal rights class on the cycle of socialization and how we are socialized into speciesism and how that contributes to the cultural norms of eating meat and exploiting animals, etc etc etc

and I thought it was trash but I got an A and my professor said in the comments: “There are many points here on which you could build to expand this into a publishable piece of scholarship. It’s incredible to see you grow in terms of the sophistication of your thinking and your ability to tie in more and more complex theoretical frameworks and concepts. Harro and Marx. Great combination.”


I LOVE ANIMAL RIGHTS TBH it gives way to so many conversations on intersectionality ahhhhh

also if anyone wants to read this paper hmu I’ll send it to you. I found some super interesting scholarship to draw on and kind of blew my mind.

Think back to when you were young for a second.

Kids like animals,
They make kids happy, they used to make you unfathomably happy, and they likely still do lift your spirits,
But most importantly, kids don’t want to hurt anyone

Do you think

Had you been asked when you were born (provided you had the cognitive ability to imagine philosophically complex concepts at that age), before you ever had meat and other animal products introduced to your diet for you

Whether you wanted to kill and eat the animals which at that point, you perceived to be your friends

Or whether you wanted to simply live from the earth, vastly reduce your chances of dropping dead of a silent killer at the age of 43, and actually keep the earth as a hospitable planet to live on.

Do you think that any single person would have chosen to eat meat when provided with those options?

The body, the mind, and the surroundings all benefit from alleviating your animal friends from your diet, and living alongside them, helping to protect them, and not living off of their backs like we currently do.

All vegans are trying to tell you is that this way of living is still attainable.
Imagine how it would feel to look down at your fork and realise that you are not paying for death
you are not contributing unsustainable amounts to greenhouse gas emission, deforestation, land usage, water consumption
You are not a major factor in causing world hunger
You are very likely going to live a very long and healthy life because your chances of heart disease, stroke, cancer, all of the big scary names, are more than likely never going to visit you, ever.

It is attainable, I promise you

Let us help


The Skywalker siblings

(I’m a quite a fan of this theory)

anonymous asked:

How would you describe witchcraft to nonwitches? I've been struggling to find the right words because describing how you feel isn't exactly sound as for /what/ it is and I have a feeling if they look it up they'll find the religious definition rather than its entirety. Thank you in advance :)

Hello there! What a great question! It can be difficult to define such a complex concept. To me, a witch is someone who uses witchcraft to get a desired outcome. Anyone can be a witch.

Now, to me, witchcraft is the manipulation of energy in order to get the desired outcome. The energy is channeled into various type of spells and forms of magickal practices (wards, shields, glamours, curses, binding/protection/prosperity/etc. spells) that act as a vessel for the energy to manifest and deliver the desire.

Witchcraft doesn’t need to be ornate and complicated. It could be as simple as lighting a candle and blowing it out or listening to music. Anyone else have a definition?

anonymous asked:

I'm curious about the place that cain (qayin) plays in sabbatic craft, and how his position as first murderer relates to the theology and ethical stance of the tradition. I only ask because I like a lot of the thought behind traditional witchcraft, but have trouble with a patron ancestor defined by a fundamentally evil act.

Within the Blood Acre:
The Path beneath the Wanderer’s Heels

Addressing the fairly complex spiritual concept raised by the question demands I provide some framework for discussion. Allow me to first touch upon a few of the preliminary points. We should be clear in our understanding that ‘traditional witchcraft’ as a term describes a collection of traditions, threads (no matter how loosely bound) or currents of ritual magic, spellcraft, and/or devotional mysticism whose commonality rests in an ethos of praxis. Within the coterie of initiatory lineages that are described by that term exist a number of different modes of belief that inform these separate practices. With this in mind, we see there are a number of forms of Traditional Craft that do not necessarily hold the same reverence for Cain/Qayin as a patron ancestor or primogenitor of the Mighty Dead. Those who do typically fall under the heading of what has been coined ‘modern traditional witchcraft’, yet even here we see varying degrees of emphasis placed on the lineage of Cain. 

Sabbatic Craft is one such form that observes and acknowledges the ancestry of Cain/Qayin, and whose inherent devotional gnosis is structured around Qayinite lore. If we want to be technical, as Chumbley was (1), Sabbatic Craft more specifically refers to the lineage of practices existing solely within the initiatory body of the Cultus Sabbati, but in many respects has become synonymous with most magical work within the wider Sabbatic Current with which the Cultus shares reciprocal influence.  
(and no, this does not include Michael W. Ford)

For the purpose of this missive I will address Cain and Cainite Gnosis as they apply to the Sabbatic Craft tradition and its mysteries, as best I understand them, from a point of perspective grounded in the greater Sabbatic Current.

Qayinite lore covers the entire breadth of mysteries surrounding the figure of Cain/Qayin, of which his role as First Murderer is an integral part. However, to consider this the sole defining feature of Cain, while observing it exclusively from within the paradigm of Sin and exclusion from Salvation, is a particularly Judeo-Christian or Abrahamic stance. As a whole, it is the transformational journey of Cain as ‘First Sorcerer’ that is embraced within the Sabbatic tradition: the birthright resulting from the union of the Serpent/Samael/Lucifer (the Illuminer) and Eve/Lilith, the killing of Abel, and his subsequent path in exile. The last is of utmost importance, for it is here from which the exilic wisdom of Cain’s journey may be extracted. This is exemplified by Andrew Chumbley’s description of the devotional mysticism inherent within Sabbatic Craft (2), referring to it as the Faith beneath the Wanderer’s Heels. 

It is not merely his birthright as the begetter of witchblood that presents Cain as an illuminative figure, but his extrication from societal bonds, the transgression beyond the boundaries or constraints of imposed belief – even death, to arrive on the other side as the embodiment of the perfected sorcerer. The murder of Abel is the gnostic representation of that spark of transformation which ignites the flames of the torch that lights the path through exile. To better understand this one must look at the relationship of Cain and Abel from both an allegorical and gnostic perspective. 

Cain was known as ‘the tiller of soil,’ a farmer and ploughman, and indeed it was his offering of the fruits of the earth to Yahweh which led to his dispute with Abel. As we know from the tale, Yahweh showed favor for Abel the herdsman’s offering of animal sacrifice. This embittered Cain, thus leading to the slaying of his brother. On a purely mundane and material level, the biblical myth of Cain and Abel could serve as an allegory for early Middle Eastern civilization’s transition from that of nomadic herdsmen to a more agrarian based culture (3). Seen in this light, the third brother, Seth, would come to represent the joining of agriculture and animal domestication to form the future means of economic capital and resources.

But within the Cain mythos, the struggle between Cain and Abel also serves as a spiritual metaphor for the process of self-overcoming that is intrinsic to the Gnosis of the Crooked Path. The clay-born Abel (son of Adam) is slain by the half-angelic Cain, whose true father is Samael/Lucifer (whom some call Lumiel). As Michael Howard notes in his book The Children of Cain, “This struggle between the bright and dark ‘twins’ is reconciled by the third brother Seth, the ‘Man of Light’ or ‘Perfected Man’ (no gender bias is suggested by these terms and they should be regarded as unisexual in nature). In some forms of modern traditional witchcraft the bright and dark twins Cain and Abel are represented by the Oak and Holly Kings and the Green Man and Lord of the Wild Hunt who rule summer and winter.”

From an historical perspective, Cainite Gnosis may possibly be traced to the ancient doctrines of the Cainites, an antinomian Gnostic sect described by the 2nd century CE Church Father Irenaeus in his heresiological treatise Against the Heresies. Among its teachings, the Cainite sect is notable for its “soteriology of ‘Passing through All Things’ in order to receive […] illumination. This antinomian and transgressive view of Ordeal as a specifically spiritual arena finds philosophical resonance in the Sabbatic Tradition (4).” A similar notion of self-overcoming by way of ‘passing through the Fire,’ so to speak, is apparent in some Qabalistic teachings and Left-Hand Tantric practices, as well as playing a key role in the non-dualistic form of gnosis present within Sabbatic praxis.

Daniel A. Schulke, current Magister of Cultus Sabbati, further expounds upon this philosophy and its spiritual processes as they apply to the Sabbatic Craft in his essay Cainite Gnosis and the Sabbatic Tradition:

“As it relates to Cain, the Crooked Path of the Witch is reliant on a magical formula of Transmigration of the Flesh. The movement from the profane man (Abel) through the refining Fire of Transmutation (Cain) to a purified state of gnosis (Seth) is one means by which to re-present this process. In this schema, it is worth noting that Abel and Seth occupy hypostatic places in the journey of the initiate, with Cain being the active or dynamic force of progression between the two. This mystical pilgrimage of transembodiment, played out on a moment-to-moment path of the Sabbatic Initiate, is the very essence of the Crooked Path. Moving from a state of transgress against God or society, to that against self, to that against transgress itself, the mystical state of perpetual ‘selfovercoming’ catapults the initiate beyond the sphere of the mundane into confrontation with that which lies Beyond. It must be noted that in the schema so described, Cain is the sorcerer who holds the profane in his left hand and the sacred in his right, the Master of the Chariot who “serves with both hands alike”. 

The Crooked Path in both ritual praxis and as a way and means of mental re-conditioning promotes self-liberation from imposed ideals and outer constructs of belief, however, in no way does it encourage “fundamentally ‘evil’ acts.” It is the way of Bane and Blessing, placing moral choices firmly within the domain of personal responsibility as tended by each individual practitioner. This is quite in keeping with the overall ethos of Traditional Craft.

“Thus is the sorcerer, wherever he may wander, become one with the Path of Cain, and the wisdom of the step is declared anew. First, by the stance of Exile as one apart and alone. Second, for the path declared, but also transgressed, its points of oscillation betwixt cure and curse: here the way is bifurcated and become Crooked. Third, for the threefold patterning of Exile, Pilgrimage, and Sojourn that is the bridge linking point-to-point-to-point in crystallisation of knowledge of the Way.”  
Andrew D. Chumbley 

                                 References and Resources

1. Opuscula Magica Vol.1, Andrew D. Chumbley, Three Hands Press.
2. Cultus Sabbati: Provenance, Dream, and Magistry, Andrew D. Chumbley.     
3. The Children of Cain, Michael Howard, Three Hands Press.
4. Cainite Gnosis and the Sabbatic Tradition, Daniel A. Schulke.

additional reading
Qutub, Andrew D. Chumbley, Xoanon Publishing.
Way and Waymark: Considerations of Exilic Wisdom in the Old Craft, Daniel Schulke,  Xoanon.

How to study without taking notes
  • Revise directly from already summarized information 
    •  look, cover, test and check (LCTC)- so simple
  • Expand on inadequate points: 
    • jot down extra notes in margins and LCTC away
  • Use Feyman’s technique immediately from your given info
    • recommended for complex concepts 
  • Highlight AND LCTC your highlights 
  • Use flashcards for areas of difficulty detected
  • Do chapter summary, quiz questions after revision without looking at material ( in other words a semi test)
  • Teach yourself aloud- look, cover and ask a question then answer it. 
In The Grip – Our Hidden Personality by Naomi L. Quenk

Introverted Intuitive Types: INTJ and INFJ

Important Features of Dominant Introverted Intuition

Introverted Intuitive types typically use their favorite perceiving function in their inner world, focusing on ideas, concepts, and complex possibilities. They are the most intellectually independent of the types. As a result they tend to

• Have a theory to explain everything

• Prefer innovative solutions over established ones

• See situations from an unusual perspective

• Come across as sharp, quick, and uncannily correct

• Make insightful analyses and forthright judgments

• Cut through distractions readily to get to essential meaning

• Appear at times inflexible by their judgments

• Appear at times as charismatic visionaries

Triggers for the Inferior Function

Introverted Intuitive types report the following type-specific factors that are likely to provoke a grip experience:

Dealing with details: Dealing with details, especially in an unfamiliar environment, can trigger inferior Extraverted Sensing in Introverted Intuitive types. They frequently mention that feeling overwhelmed by details often provokes characteristic inferior function reactions. Dealing with unfamiliar details makes one INFJ feel like she becomes “instantly stupid.” She relates, “I truly don’t seem able to take in explanations and process them.”

Unexpected events: Unexpected events that interrupt planned activities can also unsettle INTJs and INFJs enough to arouse their inferior function. Once their internal picture of what is to happen is formed, it is very hard for them to disconnect from it to accommodate new activities. This is especially true if the unexpected event requires dealing with unfamiliar details.

Excessive extraverting: Of the four dominant Introverted types, it is Introverted Intuitive types who most frequently mention that “too much extraverting” is a common trigger for inferior function responses. They retreat inside themselves in this state and become intolerant of intrusions by others. They are likely to express irritation at other people’s questions or do not respond at all to others’ attempts to communicate.

Forms of the Grip Experience

Just prior to falling into a grip experience, the dominant function of Introverted Intuitive types may become exaggerated. Their internal processing of concepts becomes increasingly ungrounded, and little or no judgment is available to discriminate among their ideas. As this one-sided approach inevitably leads to further failure of their Intuitive function, it loses its position of primacy. INTJs and INFJs start to lose their characteristic wide-ranging and global perspective. Their field of operation narrows considerably, and their range of acknowledged possibilities becomes limited and idiosyncratic. They may make more factual mistakes and become careless with spelling and grammar. As their hold on their dominant Intuitive function diminishes, inferior Extraverted Sensing takes over.

As a reminder of what Extraverted Sensing looks like in its adapted, dominant form, Table 14 describes what Extraverted Sensing looks like in dominant Extraverted Sensing types as well as in Introverted Intuitive types, for whom it is the inferior function. Notice the difference between conscious (dominant) Extraverted Sensing and unconscious (inferior) Extraverted Sensing.

Obsessive focus on external data: For an Introverted Intuitive type in the grip of their inferior function, data from the outside world seem overwhelming. Facts and details in the world demand their attention, so the INTJ or INFJ obsesses about them. This may be experienced as a state of intensity and drivenness. The attempt to control details in the environment is often expressed in feverishly cleaning the house, moving furniture, or organizing records and other materials. They may show an unrelenting effort to control everything in their immediate vicinity. “Tools fail me,” said an INFJ. “I resent interference when I have deadlines requiring attention to lots of details; I become obsessed with the numbers in my checkbook and even obsessed with locking doors.” 

Overindulgence in sensual pleasures: In the grip of inferior Extraverted Sensing, INTJs and INFJs demonstrate sensual excess rather than sensual pleasure. Overdoing gratification of the senses is a commonly mentioned behavior reported for them in the grip of the inferior function. Introverted Intuitive types may overeat or binge. They report obsessively doing harm to their bodies. A typical behavior is to overindulge compulsively and then immediately berate themselves for the uncontrolled, shallow, destructive behavior. An INFJ said, “I have to get away from reality. I do too much of something - one thing. I eat more or stop eating; I shop for useless things.” ·

Adversarial attitude toward the outer world: For Introverted Intuitive types in the grip of inferior Extraverted Sensing, the immediate reality of the outer world spells difficulty and danger. They expect obstacles and problems to plague them as they move through a strange and potentially hostile environment. Anticipating the worst can often elicit anger and blame in INTJs and INFJs. Their anger is directed at either things or people, so it may be expressed in a very focused, intense, and extreme manner. One INTJ said, “I get into verbal raving and am out of control. I regress emotionally and feel childish.” An INFJ expressed experiencing deep anger: “I am emotionally aroused and am terribly critical of others. I accuse people of never helping me. I become dogmatic and blast people with facts. If no one is around to attack, I write a scathing letter to someone.”

Ways of Returning to Equilibrium

Introverted Intuitive types report needing a good deal of time alone to recharge and access their dominant Intuition. Others can be helpful by enabling them to lighten their usual schedule and relieving them of some of the details of their lives. Perhaps the worst thing others can do to Introverted Intuitive types when they are in the grip of their inferior function is to offer suggestions or give advice about how to deal with whatever is of concern. Auxiliary thinking or feeling can be the vehicle through which they regain equilibrium; INTJs develop a strategy for analyzing what they are experiencing, achieving distance and objectivity from it; INFJs examine the important meanings and feeling connections involved and are thereby able to regain their normal wide-ranging perspective.

New Knowledge

Introverted Intuitive types report that they are better able to adapt to changes in the outer world as a result of their inferior function experiences. They are also able to maintain a more moderate approach to sensual pleasures and to incorporate sensual experience into their lives in a satisfying way.

Setting less ambitious goals helps keep INTJs and INFJs from falling into the grip of their inferior function as readily.

In this way, they moderate a perhaps overly ambitious, visionary stance into one that is more realistic and possible.

A Grip Experience

The following episode was reported by an INTJ. However, INFJs report similar responses to the kind of situation described here.

“Help, I Can’t Change the Channel!”

Gretchen is an INTJ whose work requires intense and uninterrupted Extraversion. When lack of sleep and increased stress occur, she experiences inferior Extraverted Sensing in the following ways:

I seem to get stuck on one sensory channel - often a visual one, like watching TV - but am unable to extract any meaning from it because it lacks meaning, it is unacceptable to my usual criteria. I think, “What kind of person engages in this meaningless pap?”. I am careful to hide my worthless behavior from other people because it reveals my lack of competence. If they knew about it, they would not like me. Sometimes I get stuck on something auditory, like listening to one audiotape over and over again, often one with a sentimental twist I then think, “Who with any brains would listen to this garbage?”

Sometimes Gretchen makes good use of the Extraverted Sensing that takes over her personality. “Even though I do some task obsessively,” she says, “I actually accomplish something and I’m less upset with myself’ However, she notes, “If my inefficient obsessiveness doesn’t accomplish something, I become quite self-critical and angry at myself’

Because a great deal of extraverting is a continuing aspect of her work, Gretchen has found some ways to use

Extraverted Sensing in relaxing and non-threatening ways. She believes her efforts have resulted in a decrease in the intensity and length of her grip experiences.

Table 15 summarizes the important triggers, forms of grip experiences, ways of returning to equilibrium, and typical new knowledge gained from the experience for Introverted Intuitive types.

* This is an excerpt from the book "In the Grip - Our Hidden Personality" by Naomi L. Quenk


Les Futuribles

Dessins de fouilles archéologiques.
Mine de plomb, Format 19,8 x 28 cm, réalisé en 2016.

Le Néologisme futurible désigne l'état envisagé d'un objet ou d'une personne dans le futur.
En archéologie, les artefacts témoignent des habitudes et de l'histoire de nos ancêtres. Ils sont comme un langage à traduire. En observant les formes et les usages des objets contemporains, on peut se questionner sur ce qu'ils indiqueront à nos descendants. L'ère du numérique dématérialise notre environnement. Il rendra probablement difficile l'interprétation des futurs archéologues devant une magic-mouse, un smartphone ou tout autre outil propre à notre époque. Dans ces dessins d'anticipation, au coeur de quelques fouilles, on trouve le mobilier archéologique de l'avenir. Il présente des formes épurées à la conception néanmoins complexe. C'est l'observation d'un futur dans un autre futur qui interroge sur les indices que nous laisserons à notre lointaine descendance.