Author has written 16 stories for Harry Potter, and Song of the Lioness.
So I used to have a lot of stuff on here, and now I don't. I'm interested in the beliefs and thoughts of others (and not much else) as well as myself, and I like to talk about what I believe and think. Writing fiction has allowed me to discover many things I believe (which are often different from things I think). Right now, I'm struggling with the meaning of objectivity as we use it in sociological contexts (what do we mean when we call something an unbiased source or objective telling of history?) and its significance (was it just invented by the Greeks, or should doublethink be eradicated when possible?). For example, why do I/should I care that I get annoyed when Chinese or Islamic history is glossed over but not when African history is? If you have ideas, send me a PM and we might become friends, but if you believe in objective morality, we might have a difficult time having a discussion because that's a pretty fundamental difference.
Side note: I've noticed that Christians (as an example because this hating people who are similar to you more than people who are more different thing doesn't just show up in this example) tend to have better feelings towards Buddhism than Islam, which is sort of weird because Muslims worship the same god-ish-it's-complicated while Buddhists...aren't monotheistic. My current explanation is simply, "Power bad history", but it's sort of simplistic and very general and I don't know history very well anyways, so I'm not satisfied.
One theory of magic: Electricity and Magic are incompatible. Magic is like anti-Electricity, except a little different in some ways. Like we have electricity powering our brains, wizards have magic. The incantations of spells are calculated based on what they do. Certain effects of magic are tied to different parts of the brain - the magical brain, which is structure differently from ours. These parts, in turn, send messages to the mouth to say different combinations of letters. When the signal is sent down the neurons, if the person concentrates on preforming magic as well, more magic rides those neurons, out of the brain, and split up to hurtle down the wand. The wand understands the intent and drew on whatever magic was available (generally the wizard’s) to make it happen. This is why Arithmancers (and Hermione) generally became very annoyed when people use Latin to make up spells. In Roman times, wizards and Muggles coexisted (albeit unequally - legends of gods had come from somewhere, after all) and Latin had been taken from spells and edited, not the other way around. Oh, and untrained magic drives people insane. The girls who started the Salem Witch Trials were actually witches, driven insane by their magic.