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Mar 24, 2019 3:39 AM
Experimental Theologian Ford Pines and Deseretian Rebecca in Milliways
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"I dunno what an ordinator is but that sounds right."

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"They control computers and circuits according to some set of rules, I'm not sure how exactly they work. Does it connect the whole world, or only individual continents?"

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"Whole world!"

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"Wow! That must help so much with publishing information! Maybe my friend isn't wasting his time on personalized computers. -Global internet doesn't actually bring about world peace, does it?"

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"No. Not at all."

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"Oh well. People like to say that about every new hypothetical invention, but it would have been nice if it were true."

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"Do people actually like to say that? I don't think I've heard it."

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"About all sorts of things! Atomics would make the cost of war too high for anyone to accept, people wouldn't be able to hate people they saw sympathetically on television, nobody could deny that their enemies are people with particle-counters, and so on."

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"Particle-counters?"

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"Specifically Rusakov particle-counters, because the particles are attracted to people?"

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"I never heard of a Rusakov particle or a particle that was attracted to people."

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"Oh! Your world might not have discovered them yet! Souls are mostly made of them, but yours seem to be internal, and everything else they do is much subtler. People used to think they were the physical manifestation of original sin, but it was proved that the relevant measurements were being performed incorrectly. Would you like to try to determine whether your world has them?"

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"I guess if you think that sounds fun I don't mind."

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He grins. "Okay, stop me if you get bored or lost!

"So, Rusakov particles, colloquially called 'Dust' are elementary particles, like photons, anbarons, and neutrinos. They're about the size of protons and neutrons, the largest common subatomic particles. Do you know if your world has those?"

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"I think we have protons and neutrons and photons. I'm not sure about neutrinos and I don't think I've ever heard of an anbaron."

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"Hmm. Neutrinos are really small and difficult to observe, but I think if you have protons and neutrons, you have to have anbarons and neutrinos?

"Do you have circuits? Computers and phones run on circuits, in my world. Currents are created by anbarons traveling through wires, because they're attracted to the opposite charge of protons."

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"I think maybe you mean electrons."

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"Oh! Yes, it's a bit archaic, but they were called that before we discovered the direction of current; the direction of current is the direction anbarons travel, but was the opposite of the direction of electron travel, under the old model. But they refer to the same particle, yes."

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"If you say so!"

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"Okay, so the subatomic particles seem to be the same, which implies that at least the other elementary particles are the same? I assume you don't have emulsions for developing photos so that adults show up brighter than children? Do you have auroras, colorful lights in the night sky, usually near the poles?"

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"Adults aren't brighter than children in photos but we have auroras."

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"I'll try and remember the formula for the emulsion later if you want. Do people sometimes see cities or landscapes in the auroras, maybe while meditating or praying?"

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"I don't know why we'd want bright adults in photos? Mostly we want photos to look how the things look in real life. I don't think I've ever heard of the cities thing."

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"If the emulsion works, that would confirm that your world has the particles at least, and might let your world's theologians move on to other discoveries about them? I'm not sure why the cities wouldn't show up. I'd expect that to be difficult to successfully censor if it happened at all."

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"Theologians don't study particles."

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