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  3. Dammit! I lost my entire post of replies because the page somehow reloaded itself from page 8 to page 9 after more replies appeared Oh well, I'm not gonna go through all this process once again, so let me just share my own thoughts on the premiere (this time I prepared it outside the forum's editor and I'm pasting it here, so I'm hoping for no more bad surprises). I decided to split in into 3 parts. Here's part one: OK, first of all, I have to mention the visible improvement in animation techniques that can be seen right from the beginning, in the running scene, where the ponies run towards the camera for quite a while and the background is zooming out apparently with no end Or increased details / textures on backgrounds. Or slight improvements in magic effects and lighting. This all adds up to the experience. The finale starts with Twilight and her friends running to Celestia's palace, believing that they've been summoned there because of another great danger. (Kinda surprising, though, that Applejack calls Twilight a "paranoid", considering that in all previous situations where they've been summoned to the palace, it was because of some great danger threatening Equestria :q But let's say it was some sort of a joke and move on.) And of course we've got yet another proof that Pinkie is crazy But when they finally came to the castle, they learned that there's no great danger, and that "Equestria is currently enjoying its longest period of harmony in recent years" – well, then I suppose what Cozy Glow did a couple of months ago, and the shenanigans with the Pony of Shadows, and two Changeling invasions, and Tirek demolishing all the land, is Harmony Cool, good to know... :q And this is what the Princesses use as their excuse to... step down from their thrones and retire? WUT? Well, I guess in Equestria such things are possible, and politicians/rulers can relinquish their power voluntarily without angry mobs forcing them to do so :q "Because of your efforts there's been less and less for us to do" – said Luna. Me: "Sooo what is it that you both do, exactly?" :q Because every time something threatened Equestria, they were either camping someplace safe, or got themselves kidnapped like little babies ;J I mean, they even lose the fight with WEATHER in Season 6's premiere, soo... I guess they can safely retire? I bet no pony would notice anyway (And no, I'm not being cynical – I would LOVE to see them doing something amazing, for a change. But I guess not in this generation... :q ) Discord of course is very happy to hear that And asks some interesting questions: "Who will TAKE OVER? Who will run Equestria?" (having in mind himself, of course ;> but other than that, those are all valid questions). To answer that, Celestia just nonchalantly points at Twilight, as if it were the most obvious thing in the world ;J Well, actually, we can't see whom did she point at exactly, so it could as well be Spike A funny detail is that Rarity kinda points at herself, as if she were about to ask: "Moi?" But let's say she's just raising her hoof towards her awe-opened mouth The only pony who was happy about this idea was Rainbow Dash, of course hoping that she will get Luna's powers of getting into other ponies' dreams I wonder what would she want that power for, though Twilight was of course shocked and overwhelmed by her new "job offer", but the Princesses explained her that she and her friends are the best choice for the new rulers of Equestria. Which makes me wonder how many friends can be included? Do Moondancer, Lemon Squeeze and Twikle Winkle (or whatever their names were) count? How about their Ponyville friends? I mean, they have friends all over Equestria, so I guess Equestria is now officially Direct Democracy? Aaand apparently that could be arranged in just a couple of days :J Well, I guess Twilight can use some advice from that book by Nopony Makepretendsmith Then Celestia is like: "We have the utmost confidence in you, and we hope you have the same in yourself." And Twilight is like: (breathing heavily) "DO I LOOK LIKE I HAD?!!" (She didn't actually say that, but I couldn't get rid of that thought from my head when looking at her panicc attacc ;J Didn't look very confident to me :q Maybe the Princesses should see their eye doctor, because their sight doesn't seem to work well these days ) I mean, even Discord could see where this is going, and correctly predicted the next couple of minutes of the episode So he either is Twilight's good friend now and knows her as well as her pony friends do, or he's that good of a stalker Also, Twiligt is now a verb (I would say she's also a pronoun, if she can now stand for the Princesses ) During her freakout, Twilight asked another valid question: "What would we do if something BIG happens and the princesses aren't there to help?" And the moment I answered it in my head, I heard my thought being uttered with Rainbow Dash's voice: "Umm, if you think about it, they literally almost never helped" :q HAAA! The show became self-aware! ;D I literally choke on my coffee when I heard that ;D But that immediately got me into thinking (during Pinkie's usual one-breath recap): "Hey, isn't that true about ALL governments, though? :q We don't really need them either. Because in the end, it is we, ordinary people, who does all the dirty job after all. It is we who builds roads, hospitals, museums, shcools, it is we who mans them, it is we who makes the economy rolling... it's just that we usually forget about it, because we believe that it is our governments who always cares about us and does everything for us." :q And I would never expect a cartoon about pastel-coloured horses to make me think about such things. But hey, that's kinda what it does, right? :q After Pinkie's monologue, they all came to conclusion that actually it was them who resolved all the late problems Equestria has been through, which Spike summed up by saying: "And there hasn't been a single villain that we couldn't defeat." (Spike, you and your big mouth... ) As usual, my mind immediately started to scan through the list of villains and it found the first exception ;> But I didn't have to wait for long until the show, well, showed it to me: Queen Chrysalis ;> (hilariously losing her mind in the woods while talking to tree trunks with Changeling faces engraved on them ;> ) But suddenly she disappeared in a black puff of magic Then we saw Tirek in Tartarus (which apparently is now located under the Everfree Forest :q ), along with that evil little bi... I mean, Crazy Glue, making his stay in Tartarus more enjoyable But they also disappeared in black puff of magic, and the camera moved even deeper towards the planet's core :q where a mysterious stick drawn an FMA transmutation circle on the ground and summoned King Sombra :q They all have been summoned and appeared in that place underground, to each other's surprise, and accusing each other for being there But it turned out that the one who summoned them there was... Grogar himself! :> "It was I" – he said, having an actual "eye" on the table in front of him ;> (yeah, I cracked at this little joke and I immediately thought about the Palantirs from "Lord of the Rings") As many of you pointed out, G4's Grogar doesn't look as intimidating as the one in previous generations, but I think that his overall appearance might be deceiving – he's like a super-villain who successfully ruled Equestria for quite a long time in the past, so his strongest attribute might be experience and strategic planning (and he's got quite a lot of time for mastering those skills and coming up with a good plan). I mean, Cozy Glow looks even less intimidating, and yet she managed to make a serious threat for the entire Equestria single-hoofedly :q So yeah, never underestimate the enemy, especially the meek-looking one (BTW is it me, or Grogar kinda looks like Scar from "Lion King"? ) And of course it soon turned out that he indeed has got a plan, the key element of which is getting rid of Twilight Sparkle and her friends. I've seen some comments here about that too – why is he targeting Twilight and not the Princesses? Well, haven't you watch the show lately? Who did more for saving Equestria during the last couple of seasons? The Princesses? Or Twilight Sparkle and her friends? Of course he's targeting Twilight! It's painfully obvious Get rid of the main protectors of Equestria (as they even called themselves a while ago when the premiere started), and everything else will be a breeze. Also I found it kinda funny how Cozy Glow couldn't help herself but poke fun of Grogar all the time and tease him That sneaky little bastard has already figured him out and I bet my tail she's already plotting how to one-up him Just wait... (However, I also think that Grogar is well aware of it and he won't let her do that so easily I can't wait to see him kicking the little devil's flank to teach her some respect ;> ) Then King Sombra opened his mouth ....I'm not gonna comment on that But I think he might be cousins with Prince Blueballs :J However, I liked when Grogar asked the other villains about what they think were the causes of their failures. And they were all salty about it, coming up with all sorts of lame excuses Then he told them that the real cause was that the Mane Six always work together: "When one is weak, another is strong, and thus unified, they are all formidable force." I really love his explanation! That really sums up well what the power of Friendship is all about :> And it's kinda ironic that the villains, in order to at least stand a chance against them, are forced to fallback to the same strategy, implementing Friendship themselves ;D because once they do, they're like unknowingly sentencing themselves to the path of redemption ;D Once they taste Friendship themselves, it will start to change them from their inside as well, there's no other option ;> But let's give them time, they've got entire season for that... Because for now, King Sombra is like: "I don't do 'ours'. I only do 'mine'!" (Well, why not both? One can mine for hours, it's called "Minecraft" ) That's the kind of answer I would expect from a villain. They all want to have Equestria all for themselves, they don't want to share ;> Which makes a nice conflict for Grogar: how is he gonna convince them to cooperate? Turns out that there's no better eye-opener than your own experience ;> So Grogar makes a deal with Sombra: "Go! Try to take back your kingdom. I shall send you there myself. If you prevail, you may keep it. But when you fail, you will submit to me." (Notice how he says "when you fail", not "if you fail" – he already knows what the outcome will be ;> ) And this was very clever, I applaud. And while Sombra was still talking up his ego, Grogar rolled his eyes and sent him to the surface with his magic, mid-word ;D That was funny Then he advised the rest of them to prepare to work together. Which Cozy Glow immediately took as an opportunity to mess with them ;> Tirek was not amused, of course :J I cracked when he got rid of her like an annoying fly buzzing around his ear The scene with Starlight pretending a freak out about her taking over the school to let Twilight "see herself in a mirror" was a nice touch as well ;> She's good ;> Then we're back to Sombra taking over the Crystal Empire. I liked how some of the crystal ponies weren't afraid of him that much anymore and courageously standing up to him, after they saw in the past that he can be defeated. Unfortunately, they seemed to forget that Sombra's main weapon is turning ponies' fears against them in order to control their minds (which is pretty much what every government does once it gets enough power). And it looks like Cadence can use Spike's magic to send letters Also, Flurry Heart can talk! And she calls Sombra her mommy ;D See? I knew she's evil ;D (Just kidding; ) Sombra takes Flurry Heart hostage, and we hear the same worn-off cliché piece of dialogue once again: Cadence: "You won't get away with this." Sombra: "Oh, but I already have!" OK, let's stop part 1 here, since it's getting quite long already :q See you in part 2
  4. A couple of hours since the premiere and so many comments here already! I'll start by answering some of them first, then I'll write my own thoughts on the episode... I think his overall appearance might be deceiving ;> One could say the same about Master Yoda ("An older-than-coal green midget in a worn off robe and funny bat ears? Pffft, yeah, I can handle him with my hands behind my bAAaayyayayayaaSyasfddfhd (zap!)" After all, he managed to rule the entire Equestria under his dark evil reign for a while, didn't he? ;> I think his greatest advantage might be experience, and a knack for strategic planning. He doesn't have to be the "muscles". He's the "head" (with a goatee ;> ). Hahah yeah, I loved that part too, and there were no better pony than Rainbow Dash to say that Maybe they knew what's coming, so they put Twilight in charge so that they could camp someplace safe, as they usually do, and wait for the flurry (no pun intended) to end? True. The wirters seem to keep forgetting that, which is bad, because that's, like, the basic premise of the entire show :q On the other hoof, if they can forget about that so easily, so can the Mane Six, I guess?.. :q I'd definitely go with the rewatch. This approach often changed my mind about some episodes that I considered bad at first. Even better would be to watch some reaction videos, because other people's alternative point of view often helps in seeing things from more than one point of view. That saved several episodes for me in the past. Don't worry. As Starswirl said, the Pilars were taking care of it quite successfully in the past without the Elements being there yet Hahah yeah, he got me good that moment. Up until he laid down coughing and "dying" like every cliché tragic character ever Then I already knew he's faking it and why does he do that for But I gotta say, they played this scene very well, with him mentioning his "favourite pony" and Sombra immediately taking advantage of it by attacking that very pony That's what makes a good bad villain It also fits his character very well: taking advantage over others by playing on their greatest fears and hitting them hard in the heart – the only thing he doesn't have himself. Yeah, that was very well-written too. He was like "Hey, you saved Equestria multiple times without my help, and even defeated ME once, and now you're pleading for MY help just because I'm around? Oh puh-leease, you can do better!" ;> Whatever do you mean, Darling? His voice is FABULOUS! Yup, that was very precious moment, because it really shows how much they care about their friends and relatives, and that this is the thing that gives them their strength. I think it's a VERY important lesson for Humans too, because they don't seem to care much about each other these days. The usual approach is "As long as it doesn't concern me personally, I can't care less". The problem with such approach is that when it finally comes to a moment when it does concern them, there's too late, because there's no one left to help them :q (and why should they, if they couldn't count on their help before?). "Divide and Conquer" – the same old strategy since thousands of years, and it always works :q I wouldn't be so sure :q I'm pretty sure he's already dead, and that's the point: he's like an evil spirit, immaterial and indestructible. You can defeat him and send him back to hell for a while, but you may be sure he will return, as soon as he will come up with a new plan. Talk to this guy OK so much for now, on to the next chunk...
  5. I can only say that learning them by memorizing tables is the worst possible way of doing it :q Even if you somehow manage to do it, you'll forget them in a week or two anyway. The way I learn conjugation / declension is this: I learn each case in separation, one after another, depending on the order in which I want to grok the language. Usually I start with genitive case, because it already allows me to form some simple phrases such as "Twilight's book" or "your mother" or "The Elements of Harmony" (genitive is often used for origin, material, source etc., think of an "away from" motion.) Then I learn the accusative, because it is the most important one if you want to make sentences with direct objects (direct objects are in accusative). This allows me to form simple sentences, such as "The diamond dog chases Rarity." The next one to learn is dative, which is used in sentences for the indirect object with bi-transitive verbs. This allows to form sentences such as "They gave the Elements to the Tree", but it often works for constructs like "this gem is for Spike" (think of "towards" motion, giving something to someone, pointing at directions, describing purposes etc.). If there is locative case, it is usually used with prepositions, for describing time and place, so stuff like "Cloudsdale is above Ponyville" etc. Vocative? Not many languages still have them. They usually use the nominative form for both. But if they distinguish vocatives, I learn them as last, because it is least useful, unless you need to give people commands or address them directly very often. I learn each case separately, using it in simple phrases and sentences, in which only one element changes (I substitute different nouns into the same sentence to get the pattern), but the ending stays the same. Try remembering only what CHANGES from one case to another, basing on what you already know about the cases you learned previously. You can also try finding some patterns in those endings, based on their PHONETICS, not spelling (languages are first spoken, then written down). For example, I see that the masculine forms are built around the "o" vowel (the "omega", or should I say "o mega" = "the big o", is also an "o" sound, just a bit longer and deeper), while the feminine forms are built around the "a" vowel (sometimes changed to "eta" due to sound changes caused by accents). This pattern is quite predominant in Latin & Greek and their derivatives (shared with Indo-European languages in general). The accusative ends in "n" ("nu") in all declensions, but you've already spotted that, from what I can see. The genitive case uses "sigma" endings (the "s" sound) in first declension (feminine) and "upsilon" in second declension (non-feminine). The dative makes the sounds longer (which changes notation and accents). A good idea might be to colour the letters with different colours (the same letter with the same colour) to make those patterns more evident at a glance. Try to use similar colours for letters that sound similar. (Remember, phonetics first.) But still, practice makes perfect. It is better to use those endings in speech or writing sentences than just memorize tables. After all, you learn languages to use them, to be able to express your ideas in them, or read other people's ideas from books. Therefore using the language to express your own ideas by talking in it, is crucial. Good luck!
  6. @Cximia Take a look at this website. There are formulas that you can find useful, with pictures. It pretty much combines the Lorentz's force formula with the formula for centripetal force (which is magnetic force in this case). Be careful not to confuse lowercase "v" (velocity) with uppercase "V" (electric potential, or voltage). The latter is used in calculations of the particle's velocity when it is accelerated through electric potential difference. @ZethaPonderer I don't think your problem is with mathematics or applying it. It might be more about understanding the problem you're trying to solve. I'm not an expert on finances, so I don't understand the finances-specific terms used in your question, but I understand words such as "rate", "percentage", "value" etc., and it sounds like a problem of compound interest, so maybe take a look on that. If it is indeed about compound interest, then the formula is pretty simple: Kn = K*(1+r/n)^n where r is the percentage rate at each moment you calculate the compounding, n is the number of compounding moments, and K is the initial amount of money you start with. So Kn is how much money you get after n moments of compounding. It pretty much multiplies the initial amount K by the entire parenthesis n times. The value in the parenthesis is pretty much 100% of the previous value (that's the "1") plus another r percent of the previous value – actually an nth part of it, because you're distributing the entire rate r over n steps. But if it isn't about compound interest, the formulas may get somewhat more complicated, especially when calculus is involved (rates of change than can change over time depending on some conditions along the way). Maybe if you explained the specific terms used in your question and give us some context of what they mean and how are they used, it would be easier to come up with some math. Because once you understand the problem, the math part is usually the easiest. (Well, unless you're doing some quantum physics – then the math can get really ugly, with complex partial differential equations & stuff :q ).
  7. Actually it's on Earth Somewhere in Pretoria, South Africa. At least according to Google Maps ;J,+Pretoria,+0184,+South+Africa/@-25.7633054,28.3294002,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sequestria!3m4!1s0x1e955e5c875906fd:0xa65176214cdebc80!8m2!3d-25.7657075!4d28.3374283 BTW those "Photos" killed me
  8. I'm still here on the forums, but mostly as a non-meddling observer, because this forum is not the best place to talk freely. Too much "political correctness", and I have a beef with a few moderators here as well, mostly because I'm not really a fan of authorities and a free thinker :q There's also some issues with copyright and ownership of stuff posted on these forums, so there are certain things I simply cannot post here or talk about. But you can still talk with me outside of the forums about such things (Just make sure to avoid Google Mail or similar corporate-owned channels – I don't reply there because of privacy issues.) As for the feeling you described: I know the feeling all right That's the "awoken state" in which you perceive reality as it is, instead of "sleeping with eyes open". This state is related to dream control and lucid dreaming, as well as meditation & other stuff related to consciousness, and it definitely helps in achieving these states, or think faster. And at a certain degree of development, it even allows to alter reality around you (well, in a slight amount when it comes to me, but still better than none :q ), when you realize that reality is just a dream as well, a dream about the physical world. (Have you ever read any of Carlos Castaneda's books? Or the Tibetan "Dream Yoga"?) As for the talent for dream control: I don't think there's such a thing as TALENT at all. There might be initial predispositions, but this is like an early start in a race – it doesn't mean that if you started later, you can't catch up with the early mofo ;J you just have to try harder and put some more effort, and you can not only catch up with him, but even surpass him When people see someone is good at something, but they don't see how he achieved that level, they think it's some sort of "magic" and they say that ihe's got a "talent" for that. Most of the time to have an excuse for themselves not being that good, and not trying But if they tried, they could see for themselves that it's nothing about "talents" – it's about LEARNING. Everyone can learn anything, provided it's something you really WANT to learn, and put enough EFFORT into it, and that you're learning it THE RIGHT WAY (because oftentimes people put a lot of effort, but they're doing it wrong, and they give up because they don't achieve their goal, so they think that it doesn't work, or that they "don't have talent for that" :q ). I didn't know how to play piano, I haven't born with it. I learned it. And now I can play piano quite well, with both hands. Not like a pro, but well enough to play some favourite songs from MLP or movies I like The same story with drawing: I couldn't draw in the past. My drawings were terrible But I exercised, observed how other people do it, and I learned it, and now I can draw pretty well. The more effort and fantasy I put into it, the better the end result looks. (It's all about good proportions, realistic shading, and details.) When I was a student in college, I was terrible at math, because I couldn't understand it at the slightest And it was even worse when I was studying at university. But after finishing my education career, I started learning maths and physics on my own, because I needed it for game programming and simulations, or to understand how stuff works. And guess what: now I'm good at math and I understand it very well. To the point that people who see me solving math problems they struggled with, they think that I'm some sort of a wizard or something :q because they have no idea how I do it. And yet, there's no magic in it, no "talent", just a deep understanding of how it works, and knowing the geometry hiding behind formulas. It allows me to do things that many people (including educated mathematicians!) consider as impossible, until I explain the trick to them and show them how they can do it themselves. And it's the same thing with conscious dreaming or dream control. It's not a talent, it's a skill, something that you can learn. I was waking up early from my dreams too, as soon as I realized that I'm in a dream and got too emotional about it. But this, again, is something that you can practise and get better in it. There are also some techniques that you can use to anchor yourself inside a dream: make sure to avoid closing your eyes or limiting your inputs in any way. Do the opposite: maximize your input by using as many senses as you can in the dream. Touch stuff, scratch your hand against the walls or the rug. Scream aloud. Start jumping. Looking around and naming things you see (the "I spy..." game ). This definitely helps.
  9. Are the leaked ones still somewhere? Specifically, I'm looking for those that didn't have background music yet, just voices and sound effects. I'm sure I've seen them somewhere many times before when I didn't want to watch them (because I haven't seen the official releases yet back then), but now when I need them for some sound analysis experiment, I can't find anything (how ironic ).
  10. hi :3 ^_^

    1. SasQ


      Hello ;) What can I do you for?

    2. Misterious Jim

      Misterious Jim

      I'm here a little while, and well ... I want to make new friends:please:

  11. Because why not? Is there anything wrong about it? :q And I'm not using it just for MLP stuff. I use lucid dreaming for all sorts of things. Usually for doing stuff that can't be possible to do in physical world due to its limitations (e.g. laws of physics, lack of materials, money or other resources etc.). Or to simply get some additional time for my life at night instead if mindlessly getting involved into wacky dreams. Or for investigating how perception of reality works. But if you have any other suggestions of what could I do in my conscious dreams, then go on, I'm listening As much as I can understand that, I'm kinda wondering why do you care at all? It isn't much of your business what do I do with my mind, is it? If I got crazy one day, I don't think it's gonna affect your world in any way. (But as I said, there's no need to worry about that ) I find it kinda weird, it's like I found an interesting book and started to read it, and you came and started lecturing me about the dangers of reading too much, as if it were some sort of a dangerous drug It's just dreams. The fact that I know that I'm dreaming doesn't make much of a difference, I dream every night regardless, so it won't hurt if I use those dreams to make something useful, right?
  12. Because a proof is something that makes you certain that you're not crazy or just "making things up" Weren't you concerned a while ago about my mental health? Welp, that's exactly what proofs are for: their purpose is to distinguish what's "true" or "real" or "possible", from what isn't. Also, I don't think there's such thing as "physical proof". We don't prove anything in physics. We only do observations, make notes, try to find the pattern in the data and describe it with some model in our theories, and then we do more experiments to see if they fit the theory or not. As long as they fit, we're fine. But no matter how many experiments are supporting our theory, they never ascertain it – they only increase our belief that the theory might be true. But one experiment that breaks the pattern is enough to disprove a theory. So the only thing we can be certain in physics, is that some theory is not right. Quite the contrary in mathematics, which is a purely mental exercise (though it is still grounded in the real world and the real world seems to be operating on mathematical principles). In mathematics, it's all about proving stuff. First we make a small set of assumptions, called "axioms", which we accept inside the theory as being true (coming from the outside world), and then we use logical reasoning to see what other facts we can naturally deduce from these assumptions. And as long as there are no contradictions, we're fine. But why can't we verify these assumptions to begin with? Well, because there's really no way of doing that :q Logic doesn't care about its "inputs". It works this way: providing that something is believed to be true, it must follow that something else must be true as well (the thing we deduce from the axioms). So it's always only a provisional truth. The only way to find out that some assumptions were not true, is when we run into a contradiction. Because there are no contradictions in the real world – it exists, so it's true. Truth is something that happens or can happen. False is something that cannot happen no matter what, because it collides with something else. It's like a piece of a puzzle that doesn't fit anywhere, so it cannot be a part of any valid picture. And people need proofs because proofs give them the sense of safety and comfort. When they can prove something is true, they feel safe, because they feel they "understood" something. If they can't grasp something with their mind, they usually also are unable to prove it. And vice versa: if they cannot prove it, they're reluctant to accept it as true or grasp it with their mind. (Though there are also things that has been proved to be true, but nevertheless not many people can believe it. Just look how many flat-earthers are out there these days :q or religious fanatics.) Rigorous proofs also take out the "human factor" out of the equation. It helps resolving conflicts in debates. You can believe that something is true, but other people might not be so much willing to believe you. Proofs are the ways to convince them, because if they can follow the same path of deduction that you did and come to the same conclusion all by themselves, it's more likely they'll believe it too. They may not believe you, but they can't deny their own deduction they've done themselves, right?
  13. Yup, pretty much that. I "summoned" Twilight Sparkle inside of my mind, as a mental image, to talk with her representation in my mind. It might be considered as a form of channelling. I do that quite often, to talk with famous scientists or even fictional characters, to ask for advice or inspiration. Everyone of us has a mental image of Twilight Sparkle in the way we know her from the cartoon, how she talks and behaves, what would she do or wouldn't do in certain situations, etc. and that vision of her is supposed to behave according to these rules. Every character I "summon" this way has a different set of rules and behaviours, allowing for different points of view and solutions to different problems. What do you mean by "so attached"? Everyone is, it's just most people are unaware of it and cannot use it consciously in their lives. I'm a lucid dreamer since I learnt how to do it back when I was in college. So I have several years of experience with it under my belt. It is something I learnt, and I repeat this once more: EVERYONE CAN LEARN IT. I'm not some prodigious chosen-by-gods genius. So if I could learn it, everyone can. And there are no physical conditions that could disallow one to do that either, because it works on the mental plane ("in the software, not in the hardware", as a computer scientist would say). If there's any physical condition that would make someone incapable of lucid dreaming, it would render them incapable of much more serious brain functions, like talking, controlling their body etc. The only thing that could possibly stop you from learning that, is your own attitude and belief. If you believe it's possible, you're right. If you believe it's impossible, you're right too, because your mind will make it impossible for you. But I digressed. As for the mental health: I'm dealing with the Astral & stuff for over a decade since, and I'm OK, thank you very much. It didn't affect my mind in any wrong/unhealthy way (quite the contrary, actually: I benefit a lot from these skills and they help me doing stuff other people can't due to limitations they impose upon themselves). Sure, there might be some people who could have gotten crazy by doing such things. But one can get crazy much more simpler, by believing some crazy stuff. It's always the case when one fiddles with one's mind without proper knowledge and care. In the same way one can get electrocuted by playing with electricity without proper knowledge about it, or got poisoned or injured by playing with chemicals without knowing chemistry. But as long as you are careful and you know what you're doing, there's no worries you'll get crazy or hurt. Oh, don't worry about that! I never lost my sense of reality, and I didn't forget to live Having good fantasy doesn't necessarily mean you can't be serious and real at the same time. I might use some fringe occult methods sometimes but I'm also a scientist, and I always had a very inquiring and sceptical mind, and a good sense of what's real and what's not. I think it might be caused by my experience with mathematics. When dealing with mathematics, I often have to assume certain things, even some "crazy" ones, just to see what conclusions could be drawn from it. It is a frequent technique of proving theorems in mathematics: you assume something that you know isn't true, just to see what follows from it and where will you encounter a contradiction. I kinda extrapolated this way of thinking into other areas of my life. I often play with different ideas just to see how they work, so I created a special place in my mind, a sort of a sandbox for ideas where I can safely play with them without affecting the rest of my mind. They can be false, they can be crazy, but they always stay in the sandbox. And only when I make sure something is true, by thoroughly verifying it, I move it to the part of my mind where I keep "verified" ideas – those that I'm certain they're true. For example, I can assume that the Christian God (or any other God) exists and see what results from it. Or I can assume that an advanced extraterrestrial civilization visited Earth thousands of years ago, and consider what traces of their existence they could have left on our planet. Or I can assume that ghosts exist and ponder about possible ways to detect them or communicate with them. And at the end of the day, I can leave my sandbox and get back to the usual, "normal", mundane stuff. It's like when you read an immersive book or watch a movie – while you're reading or watching it, you can live that fantasy, assuming that what happens in the movie is true, but when the movie ends, you get back to normal life. That's how it works for me with my "Astral" experiences Who said I'm "ignoring" the real world? :J You see, the thing is, what is "real" is relative and depends on your perception and definitions of reality. For me, "true" and "real" are synonymous, and they mean the things that happen or potentially can happen in certain conditions because there's nothing that could prevent it from happening. The sense of reality is based on experience and perception. If you perceive something (e.g. you see your friend in front of you), you can say it's "real", because it is certainly happening and can be perceived, at least by you. In the same sense, when you see the same friend in your dream, you can tell it's "real", because you're perceiving it. The only problem is that some perceptions are subjective, and some can be objectively perceived by more people at the same time and pretty much the same way (because there will always be some discrepancies in perception, since you're all perceiving it from different points of view). Of course it's better if something can be perceived objectively by other people, not just you. But what if it cannot? Does it mean it's not real? For example, no one can perceive your dreams except you. Does it mean they are not real then? Well, one might say so. But what if you perceived that you met someone in a dream, talked with that person, and after you woke up, you told her about that dream only to find out that she had the same exact dream in which she met you and talked with you, and remembers the same piece of dialogue you had? Could we say then that it was real? How many people have to perceive something so that we could finally tell it's objectively real? Or what if most people on Earth believe something that is not true, but they still believe it, because they think it's real? E.g., just look how many people believe in God or other things they cannot even perceive or prove existence of, not only to other people, but to themselves as well, but they believe it regardless, and even base their life's decisions and actions upon that assumption! How crazy is that? Well, as crazy as it is, it's considered "normal" and even "healthy"! Just because so many people believe in it. From a certain point of view, we all "live a fantasy", because the physical world is far from how we perceive it. In the physical world, there are no colours, just wavelengths of light that cause certain responses in our eyes' retinae after they reflect from different surfaces that either reflect a certain wavelength or absorb it. There's even a colour (pink) that doesn't exist in the physical world at all, because there's no wavelength corresponding to it! Our brains create that fantasy for us as a by-product of a certain stimulation pattern on our photosensitive cells (when there are long and short wavelengths present, but no medium-length waves). Our brains use the same circuitry for creating this "virtual reality" inside of our mind based on the stimuli from the outside world as they do in a dream, so in a way, you are dreaming even at this very moment, reading this text! Your brain collects all those information about the outside world from your physical senses and creates a "dream about the real world" inside of your head that you can perceive from the point of view of where you think you are located in that world. Most people are unaware of that most of the time they live their everyday life. But there are some (simple) ways to disturb this mechanism. E.g. you can put a special pair of glasses upon one's head, that display the image from behind their head, and they will be surprised to find that they perceive the reality as if they were standing behind themselves, out of their physical body! If you swing a hammer behind their back and under the camera that collects the image, they will duck as if they were trying to avoid being hit. Or you can display a rubber model of their hands, touching that model with something while you're touching their real hands at the same time (to induce an association in their heads that those are their actual hands they're watching), and when you smack a hammer on those rubber hands, they will feel the actual pain Those are just experiments, but my own experiments with lucid dreaming, astral projections etc., helped me to see that this is the default way our minds work, something we've been born with and taught to forget (when our parents told us that "it was just a dream, it wasn't real" :q ). You can practise this and exercise it to get more awareness of this mechanism and learn to use it consciously. E.g. you can deliberately change the point you're perceiving reality from, and feel as if you were perceiving the world from somewhere else, outside of your physical body. And I'm pretty sure it's the default, because I remember that this was the way I perceived reality in my early childhood, before my parents "fixed my perception" to my physical body (as all parents do, unconsciously, to their kids). After I started associating myself with my physical body and perceiving reality through it, I got "stuck" in it (as we all do, until we "wake up" from the "dream" we call our life). But mind is not confined in the body. It never was. It's not just about brain function. I consider brain to be some sort of a "transceiver" that allows consciousness to manifest and connect to a certain body to perceive the physical world through it, but it's just that limiting perspective that makes you believe that you're "inside" of your body, or that you "are" your body. Dealing with "Astral stuff" can allow you to see that it's not the case. Consciousness is a "software" process. It can use the "hardware" of your brain to run, but it's not the only way it can manifest. And no, I'm not talking of some religious mumbo-jumbo right now, like ghosts or souls or spirits etc. I'm talking about the actual, real processes that happen in reality, but are not part of the physical subset of it. (Yes, even in physics there's a level at which things are no longer "material".) Consciousness is an emergent process that can manifest without a brain, and it can transcend it. There are many examples of processes in which a type of "mind" or "intelligence" manifests itself which are not based on brain function, such as flocks of birds, a shoal of fish, or even atoms on the quantum level (although it's not as complex as human consciousness, it's still a simple example of it, based on communication between atoms with light waves, storing information in their quantum state as "memory" of past "experiences", calculating the result by combining the wavefunctions, and communicating their state back to the outside world as radiation). As soon as some things can communicate information between them, store that information, and process it, some form of "intelligence" will always emerge. And as soon as there is some sort of a feedback loop in that system, that creates non-linearity, and as soon as the system is capable of representing its own "mental image" in its "memory", the basic form of self-consciousness will emerge as well. The only difference between human consciousness and non-human consciousness lays in the level of complexity. Our brains are devices that are well-suited for running this process (one can think of the brain as a flock of neurons that communicate with each other), but it's just one possible way it can manifest. So yeah, long story short: the "real world" is a form of fantasy as well – a fantasy that we simply agreed upon and "fixed" it to be a certain way, but even then, there's a lot of discrepancies caused either by the way our minds work, or by the physical laws themselves. (E.g. did you know that the simultaneity of events is relative? It depends on the point of view of the observer and its relative motion with respect to the observed reality. So even such basic thing as the perception of time itself can be not as "real" as you think :q ). So the only difference is what perceptions you choose to believe in and how do you interpret them. And whether it is a mental skill or mental illness depends on whether it helps you in your life or hurts it. There are many things considered to be "real" by the majority of people, that can nevertheless hurt you. And there are things not accepted by the majority as "real", but that can help you. So choose wisely.
  14. Online... you mean that thing I'm trying to avoid at all cost when something new comes to avoid being spoilt? ;> Then I obviously couldn't find it online. If I did, I wouldn't write about it here. One is enough. Welp, then I guess all those people in this thread who found it impressive were surely mistaken. K then, thanks for reminding me why I don't share my thoughts and discoveries on this forum anymore, I keep forgetting that. BTW so you're hiding behind fake accounts now, Mr. Christopher Walken? :q Gee, I wonder why...
  15. @Goat-kun enlighten me then, what major secrets the grand loremasters like you do bother? I'll keep that in mind next time.