A transient fluctuation that exhibits many of the characteristics of an ordinary particle, but that exists for a limited time. The longer the virtual particle exists, the closer its characteristics come to those of ordinary particles.
An exaggeration used to create emphasis or effect.
An agent who gets caught as a double agent and is forced to mislead the foreign intelligence service. Different from a triple agent pretends to be a double agent for one side, while he or she is truly a double agent for the other side.
A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another and may evolve by natural selection in a manner analogous to that of biological evolution. Memes spread through the behavior that they generate in their hosts.
Every dynasty/empire goes through a culture cycle. It begins with a Dynasty/Ruler gaining the Mandate of Heaven. The Mandate is lost due to decline. War/clashes occur. One state/empire emerges in victory. The new dynasty/ruler gains the Mandate.
An omen or prediction; a foreboding.
Referring to transmigration of the soul, especially its reincarnation after death.
The ability to focus on a small set of key variables to make a quick decision rather than consciously considering every possible variable. Especially applicable to time dependent problem-solving.
From chess, the international signal that a player intends to adjust the position of a piece on the board without being subject to the touched piece rule.
In cryptanalysis, a term used at Bletchley Park for occasions when the enemy sent an identical message twice, once in a breakable cipher and again in an unbroken cipher.
A hypothetical vital energy or life force associated with biological electromagnetic fields. It may be visible as colored auras surrounding living things, crystals, and magnets.
A strategy where pitched battles are avoided in favor of wearing down an opponent through a war of attrition and indirection.
Meeting points of nadiis (channels through which the life force/vital energy moves) in the subtle human body.
The entropy that a living system exports to keep its own entropy low; it lies at the intersection of entropy and life. In information theory and statistics, negentropy is used as a measure of distance to normality
When objects have been broken, this is a technique of repairing them with gold or silver often making them more beautiful after they've been repaired than they were when they were new.
A maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards which the universe is evolving.
A method of measuring a civilization's level of technological advancement, based on the amount of energy a civilization is able to utilize. The scale has three designated categories called Type I, II, and III.
Refers to the notion of “not-self” or the illusion of “self”.
A figure of speech that is an abbreviated expression, for example, the omission of “good” from “good morning!” (resulting in the abbreviated greeting “morning!”).
A universal intelligence or subordinate that converts abstract metaphysical ideas into physically manifest forms. Originally used to mean craftsman/artisian.
An astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. Many societies use this point to mark special rituals
A random signal with a flat (constant) power spectral density often emitted to foil electronic eavesdropping devices. An infinite-bandwidth white noise signal is a purely theoretical construction. Sometimes used in the metaphoric sense of random talk without meaningful contents.
A hypothetical stage of human thought (prior to scientific thought) that explains the tendency to create myths. This relates to seeing most things as persons as opposed to seeing most things as impersonal objects
A form of deception in which one side promises to act in good faith (e.g., by raising a flag of surrender) with the intention of breaking that promise once the enemy has exposed themselves.
A series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I.
All the shared body of knowledge which is not explicitly used when people communicate, but without which communication would be impossible. Shared context.
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A communications network made up of radio nodes organized in a mesh topology designed to be deployed over wide geographical areas. It may be impossible to go off grid in cities that develop wireless mesh networks.
Advantageous, useful; e.g. The increase in items dropped from portals may prove to be very utile.
B-THEORY OF TIME
One of two positions taken by theorists in which events are ordered via a tensed A-series or a tenseless B-series. The B-theory supports that time is static: despite appearances, time has no “flow” or “passage”. The A Theory supports the passage of time is a very real and inexorable feature of the world, and not merely some mind-dependent phenomenon.
Of or relating to the very essence of a thing; belonging naturally, not merely apparent or accidental. Many take intrinsic value to be crucial to a variety of ethics and moral judgments.
SOCIAL CYCLE THEORY
Events and stages of society and history generally repeat themselves in cycles. One example of a social cycle is the Law of Social Cycles (while people in any society are all relatively similar, we differ in the way we go about achieving our goals and fall into four general categories).