The Magicians Game, or, How much truth can you stand?

The Magicians Game - or How Much Truth Can You Stand

The Magicians Game - or How Much Truth Can You Stand

We were having a chat about enlightenment and bogusity at A New Gaia, one of the remnants of the Zaadz Gaia social networking experiment that ultimately failed and vanished. It wasn’t in my group, http://anewgaia.ning.com/group/advancedproblemsinenlightenmenttheoryandpractice but in another interesting group http://anewgaia.ning.com/group/feud.

Anyway, we were all mostly messing about, and something happening there reminded me of the magicians game, something I “invented” long ago, kind of like a “enlightened” wiseguy’s version of the dozens, but played to exalt instead of to put down. You can play it in your head by yourself easily enough, but it gets really sweet when you get the chance to play it, even if only for a few moves, or one move, with another person, or even better, other people.

So I was motivated, for whatever reasons, to try to draw a diagram or an illustration of it, of how the magicians game works. See above, lol.

1 comment to The Magicians Game, or, How much truth can you stand?

  • John C.

    Can this be “played” via e-mail or via by digital communications by means of words and/or multi-media forms of expression? In any event, it would seem to me to be an potentially ideal way of beginning “the game”, perhaps. Who would care to give this a “shot” and join me in such an endeavor?

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His argument is based on the fact that for more than 99 per cent of human evolutionary history, we have lived as hunter-gatherer communities surviving on our wits, leading to big-brained humans. Since the invention of agriculture and cities, however, natural selection on our intellect has effective stopped and mutations have accumulated in the critical “intelligence” genes.

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