We call this wisdom. Maybe you needed a course from a teacher-of-teachers. I have worked as a Spanish teacher and lately, as a tour guide. And they’ve got their own gold-makers to handle tax matters and buying all the materials needed for the Work, so it’s not just rejects and the expelled who have access to this knowledge, those kinds of ‘practical’ alchemists are intimately involved with the ‘research’ alchemists in their Fortress of Solitude. Vita Brevis Ars Longa Life is Short but Art Endures There exists a process, but not a profession. It’s also possible that none of this is the point of the story…. The king’s soldiers could presumably wreak havoc on the project by smashing equipment and burning books, not nearly as bad as killing people perhaps, but bad enough to make the stabbing question more or less moot. But you’re at the same place nonetheless. I now realize that, at age 20, I was an idiot. I don’t feel the Zen-like language fit at all here, hence my minor complaint. So the name “Karl Marx” means “man of war”. If I trained with Caesar for years, some of his skill at reading a battlefield might rub off on me; I might dimly see the outlines of his genius. They are attentive enough to mundane matters to pay taxes, they can’t figure out “this may not be what we consider the solution to the problem of mortality, but for the ordinary people it’s almost a miracle” about these tinctures? In pure mathematics at least, this story would suggest we haven’t got very far towards the asymptote. Sure, they’ve got those life-extending elixirs; but then, so do we…. And describing the accumulation of wisdom was an arc was an error. Even given that, it’s a little absurd. If they’re not able to keep themselves alive and in good health to pursue the Work, then they’re plainly exploring the wrong avenue, because after millennia of trying to figure out how to defeat aging, time, mortality and disease, you should be making some kind of “hey we just tripped over a solution to that funny rash you get after eating strawberries” type progress. And if you don’t like wikipedia just check google (the second result says misr balad which means the country of Egypt), or indeed ask any Arabic speaker. Redactors of redactors, to make the textbooks truly perfect.”, “Perhaps what you are trying to say is that redaction is an Art.”. That doesn’t seem to have happened so far, and I’m not sure why. It gets you an extra 33% effective lifespan, perhaps, but that just stretches the problem out a bit. This post is fleshing out the model of the world corresponding to one one the answers. We should keep trying to do the best we can; we should not stop learning and we should put a lot of humour into it. Anyone here ever heard of the Law of Equivalent Exchange? – The field is closed and everything that have to be said have been say. Interesting story. The design of a minecraft-puter is only a tiny fraction of the reality of implementation. I suppose here that would fall under the redactors, though. How do you spend your time at home during the lockdown? Personally, I have been taught — and I had plenty of opportunities to confirm this on my own — that if you can’t explain something, you do not truly understand it. What are your future plans? The usual rule I heard was that you use different types of brackets as you go in(so the first is round brackets[but the second is square brackets{and the third is curly brackets}]), but that’s just a convention to make it easier to parse, I suspect. Architecture does not advance only architect by architect, but also civilization by civilization.”. 2- Also Michelangelo lived to be 88, but he spent most of that time not getting to do what he wanted to do. This is because, in practice, Scott’s third and fourth terms are generally low. This is my favorite story you’ve written by far. Believe only a half of what you see. And yes, the translations are necessary. The alchemist isn’t talking to the King, he is talking to a King’s representative and sending him back with the task of convincing the King. But when it comes to drawing the human figure, I’m a complete failure. The only way to really grok it is to make the mistake yourself. Yes, this will slow them down some, but an annoyed king coming down on them like a ton of bricks will set them back even further. One of the keystones of art is creativity, something that all humans possess, to a greater or lesser extent. I would love to have the “How Not To Be An Idiot” book, but there isn’t one. I never knew Borges could be a transhumanist. Some people claim (though it’s disputed – again, wikipedia!) Sadly, real people don’t generally seem game for it. Login Account. People survived not just on food, water, and medicine but on jokes, songs, and stories. If the Alchemist Guild really is hitting this limit, they should start at the other end: stop teaching the kids every single last step up to the present, and just give them each the specialised course for which each one is suited. In that sense, creativity is not exclusive to art. The artistic disciplines are many and diverse and each time they expand more and more, so called expanded art. The representative is accustomed to serving something greater than himself, so this is the pep talk needed, he will then turn his skill set (convincing the King of a truth without getting his head cut off) into the next step. I think about art very often, seven days a week, 15 hours a day, 365 days a year — this leap year one day longer. How many years could redactors and tutors accumulate? Of course. I’m slightly confused. Also, if you want clause dependency, then commas are you friend. You honestly don’t have guys who aren’t research-tier train-the-trainers-of the trainers alchemists but are dang good doctors and work in that capacity like the finance and receptionist guys? Shop our newest selection of luxury goods. You get silly theories about words! That's a serious one. “We can’t take the time to cure the prince, but here, have a bottle of our ‘keep you from dropping dead for another thirty years’ tincture for the time being”, instead of “tell the king sorry not sorry we can’t do nothing for his sick son”. As I said though, that’s just been my personal experience, it’s possible that not everyone’s brain works that way. Towards the end, every time an alchemist takes a few minutes’ break to masturbate he dooms a future alchemist to a lifetime of toil. It takes, say, six months of experimentation to figure out which ingredients, and the correct ratios and temperatures and so on. Until I realized that the “editor” would have to know as much as each of the professor-authors. “Every Art has its own structure. It can’t make you brilliant, but it’s maybe the best book on not being stupid there is.). How and when did you develop an interest in art? Second order arithmetic is more expressive – except when it’s not – and is also incomplete and also complete, except when it means something different. Practical nuclear fusion is always about 50 years away. So to reference back to your last post too. They say that Ultimate Elder Alchemists are a few weeks/months away from discovering the Stone. Movies. by: Matthew Sheahan. Science fiction illustrations filled my childhood dreams. potential for specialization = how much the field is prone to specialization, (lifespan – years of study_n) / speed of discovery = years of research_n+1, years of study_n = (sum of years of research_0->n) * rate of mastery * speed of study, I don’t really know how to fit specialization in this model…, “And the very least capable, like me, have time to waste talking to outsiders, trying to convince them of our mission.” I was wondering from the beginning until he said that, “How on earth does he have time for this conversation?”. But you can still spare time to make gold (and you don’t trade for it or earn it or invest and reap the dividends for it, you make it complete with weird smell and crackly noises) to pay the taxes because you know there will be Consequences if you don’t pay the taxes? I could tell he was faking; his eyes stayed still the whole time. I welcome the new augmented reality that will save us from suffering elephantine works for too long. We live in a liquid modernity. And maybe we can get it out of collaboration between 60-year experts in each field, or maybe we can improve teaching and distill knowledge until it’s a 20/20 task. If you needed more than seventy years of studying architecture to design St. Peter’s, it would never have gotten designed.”, “Then,” said the Alchemist, “we have discovered something surprising. Though the levels have to mix. The second student reads the book, and in 7 years, he has learned 70 years of research. In order to become immortal, you must first become immortal. Want to know more? The information could be anything. There are skills that everyone should know, in theory, but in practice most people get along just fine without mastering any particular philosophy. Related to this, your post on your psychotherapy observations and the focus on Akrasia that LW had a while back, I think you should check out Tony Robbins in some depth if you haven’t already. Bobbins. Ars Longa Vita Brevis is the second album by the English progressive rock group the Nice. I did not come to Qatar with the aim of exhibiting. Shop Our Story AUGUSTA PORCELAIN. Yes. That’s the processor that was in the Apple IIe and the 8-bit NES. But he couldn’t just tell me. Hardly any other writer has helped me clarify my own thoughts more. The other day a photo of a watch was posted on Forgotten Berwick. The point about whatever it is they use to keep people from dying before their time is a good one. We live in a very interesting time of hypermodern or super modern architectural re-expansion and that permeates the rest of the arts. Art is a small gap with which to challenge individuals. They say of my grandfather that he realized the recipe for the Stone on his deathbed, that he started speaking it, but that his eyes closed forever before he could complete the ingredient list.”, “You ask that we pause a few weeks from our studies to save the prince’s life. It reminded me of nothing I had ever tasted before, but very slightly of the letter “N”. I took a sip. I would need need pencils so I could draw the logical diagrams and circuit diagrams for the processor. More important, I was pretty sure it was alcoholic. Travel as much as possible. It comes up from time to time. The world is waiting for you, no fear. We are not so far along as all that, but we are far. It’s the faux-zen thing. And thus short-circuit a perfectly good parable, but oh well…. I did, but no amount of staring could make my eyes settle on the color of the liquid in the flask. “Any day now, death will be conquered!” they gasp as they all expire from over-work and exposure to toxic chemicals at the age of seventy. Read top stories published by Ars Longa Vita Brevis. That question, of whether progress is fundamentally limited by what lone individuals can learn, is a fascinating one. (Using rough numbers to illustrate, of course). He read 700 self-help/hypnosis/NLP/therapy books to get to the edge of the field when he was young. We have nothing more to give.”, “The king will not be happy. Quicksilver evaporates to nothing unless reacted with aqua fortis; but the part which is reacted endures forever. This is good, but I think I *may* have found a minor mistake: It is not unteachable, but neither can it be taught. In his novella Ars Longa, Vita Brevis, KC Kirkley skillfully crafts and weaves various narrative styles together, bringing his readers on a journey that is not only humorous and entertaining, but also one that is personal and thought-provoking. Even before the WHO Issued its first warnings, experts were jumping to conclusions and average people I’ve never heard of this rule. Believe only a half of what you see. This discussion reminds me of Ken Thompson’s famous “Trusting Trust” lecture, in which he recounts how he hid (IIRC) a password-stealing backdoor in Unix by modifying the C compiler. The Title is Ars Longa Vita Brevis. But the research chef does not have to learn from scratch every single step in the process of burning raw flesh, since all that hard work has already been done. They’re trying to go from 70 to infinity years lifespan in a single step. 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