Designed to ward off or avert evil.
A physical or chemical agent that changes the genetic material of an organism (mutagensis) and increases the frequency of mutations (changes in the nucleotide sequence of a cell's genome) above the natural background level. Not all mutations are caused by mutagens.
A navigation/location technique based on the measurement of the difference in distance to two stations at known locations that broadcast signals at known times. Can be used as one method to track the location of mobile phones and similar devices.
A case of a recursive definition that is not defined in terms of itself. The base case is what stops a recursion function from continuing on forever.
Certain systems will, after a sufficiently long time, return to a state very close to the initial state.
A concept of rebirth or re-creation. Used in biology for the exact reproduction of ancestral features by inheritance.
A logical operator, or, that results in true whenever one or more of its operands are true. E.g. “A or B” is true if A is true, or if B is true, or if both A and B are true.
LONG RANGE ACOUSTIC DEVICE
An acoustic hailing device and sonic weapon developed to send messages, warnings, and harmful, pain inducing tones over long distances.
The involuntary repetition or imitation of another person's actions (similar to echolalia, the involuntary repetition of sounds and language).
A basic pattern that is found in many myths from around the world. Sometimes called the hero's journey.
A type of group mind which is created when people consciously come together for a common purpose. It is sometimes used to indicate the general imprint that encircles a group entity; the summary of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energies generated.
The quality of apparent purposefulness and of goal-directedness of structures and functions in living organisms that derive from their evolutionary adaptation. “Teleonomy is Darwinian teleology. It doesn't explain design. It explains it away.” - mregnor
The pleasure received from anticipating success.
A preoccupation of mind held so firmly as to resist any attempt to modify it.
The Wheel of Fortune. A concept referring to the capricious nature of Fate. The wheel belongs to the goddess Fortuna, who spins it at random, changing the positions of those on the wheel, some suffer great misfortune, others gain windfalls.
A concluding section in music that is based, as a general rule, on extensions or reelaborations of thematic material previously heard.
The odds and ends on a spy's person that legitimize their assumed identity such as random knickknacks planted as evidence of their imaginary occupation.
The study of the structures of experience and consciousness.
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A figure of speech in which a thing or concept is called not by its own name but rather by the name of something associated in meaning with that thing or concept. Example - Hollywood is used as a metonymy for the U.S. film industry.
PROJECT BLUE BOOK
One of a series of systematic studies of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) conducted by the United States Air Force (Project Sign and Project Grudge were the first in the series) whose findings were published in the Condon Report.
Also known as a collective name, used when creative work is published under one pen name even though more than one author may have contributed to the series.
The idea that the mind produces ideas that are not derived from external sources, and that we have abilities that are innate and not learned.
The doctrine that mind (or soul) is a fundamental feature of the world which exists throughout the universe; the primordial feature from which all others are derived. The panpsychist sees him or herself as a mind in a world of minds.
A unit of quantum information; the quantum analogue of the classical bit. Often used in discussing Bell's Theorem.
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A sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. Often triggered by something reminding an individual of an event or item from their past.
The belief that the soul is inherited from the parents along with the body; the immaterial aspect is transmitted through natural generation.
A field that explores consciousness in a technological environment and how new technologies affect human consciousness.