A megastructure of immense computational capacity using a Dyson sphere system for energy. One potential use would be to run uploads of human minds into virtual reality spaces. Often seen as an alternative to the Jupiter Brain.
A phenomenon of perception caused by exposure to an unstructured, uniform stimulation field. It is the result of the brain amplifying neural noise in order to look for the missing visual (or audio) signals. It may be linked to the condition known as prisoner's cinema as well as other phenomena.
The visible manifestation of a deity to a human or other being.
Taking pleasure in others' misfortune. Schadenfreude.
An institution created in 1910 to gather together all the world's knowledge and classify it according to a system they developed called the Universal Decimal Classification. Some consider it a forerunner of the Internet.
Dispersing or dispelling shadows. Related to sciagraphy and sciatheric.
The intelligible world (composed of forms/ideas) is Parmenidean, the visible world (material world of change) is Heraclitean. Forms in the intelligible realm are postulated to be the objects of knowledge. Precursor to the Theory of Forms.
A series of social psychology experiments conducted by Stanley Milgram, which measured the willingness of participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience.
Before the dawn.
The holiest of holies, an inviolably private place.
A legal or administrative body or court with strict, arbitrary rulings and secretive proceedings.
To assimilate or absorb ideas; to receive into the mind and retain.
To wipe off, clean away.
A symbolic representation of samsara
Refers to people's tendency to strongly prefer avoiding losses to acquiring gains; losses are more powerful, psychologically, than gains.
Self-manifested or that which is created by its own accord.
A tenet of Pashtunwali that allows a beleaguered person to enter the house of any other person and make a request of him/her which cannot be refused, even at the cost of the host's own life or fortune.
A space or gap; an absent part. Example: Lacunar Amnesia - loss of memory about one specific event. Plural lacunae.
The faculty of making unhappy, unlucky discoveries. The inexorable discovery of what no one wants to know. The opposite/balance to serendipity.
A word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung.
The real world filtered by our sensory input (sight, hearing, touch, etc).
The analysis of large quantities of data to extract previously unknown interesting patterns.
A figure of speech where a part of something represents the whole or it may use a whole to represent a part. May also use larger groups to refer to smaller groups or vice versa.
The act of bowing or prostrating oneself before a person of higher social rank.
A universe that is both locked inside and encompasses a number of other universes, like a set of Russian wooden dolls, with one or more dolls each nested inside another
An external or environmental cue that entrains, or synchronizes, an organism's biological rhythms.
Refers to a system capable of reproducing and maintaining itself. An autopoietic system is at the same time the producer and the product.
The effect of a picture appearing within itself, in a place where a similar picture would realistically be expected to appear in a recursive pattern; a visual example of a strange loop.
The focused attention on the symptoms of one's distress (especially bad feelings and experiences from the past) and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions.
“The Book of Calculation” written by Leonardo of Pisa. Among the first Western books to describe Hindu-Arabic numbers as well as describing the Fibonacci sequence.
REENTRY (neural circuitry)
A neural structuring of the brain, which allows for widely distributed groups of neurons to achieve integrated and synchronized firing, which is proposed to be a requirement for consciousness.