Reading Respond 11/07


After reading "How stuff works: Tarot" I still have many questions on whether it is accurate or not. Like upon reading "Before a reading occurs, the person receiving the reading shuffles the cards. Some say this transfers that person's energy to the deck, " I think it is totally crazy. The article later on it explains the meanings of the positions in the spread

there is no knowing why such position stand for such meaning. When the reading is explaining the philosophy behind Tarot card, it mentioned "Quantum Mechanics," which I don't understand. Therefore I found this article that explained what is Quantum Mechanics. But I don't find it helpful in explaining why "Tarot cards might play the role of showing us paths and patterns and helping us understand the meaning in those guiding energies." The Projecting part seems more understandable and reasonable to me, but I wonder if different patterns means different thing to people. All in all, I can hardly believe in Tarot cards.

I Ching is from Chinese culture, however, I have never tried to understand how it actually worked before. To me the symbols of the yin, a broken line ( - - ), and the yang, solid line ( - ), is almost like creating a written language. I recently read a science fiction called Story of Your Life, by Ted Chiang. In the story, a linguist is trying to understand alien's language. She knew the aliens did not write a sentence one semagram at a time, but drew all the ideograms simultaneously, suggesting they knew what the entire sentence would be beforehand. The linguist realized that instead of experiencing events sequentially (causality), aliens experience all events at once (teleology). Soon, the linguist became quite proficient at aliens' written language, and found that when writing in it, trains of thought were directionless, and premises and conclusions interchangeable. She found herself starting to think in alien's language and began to see time as they do. This raised questions about the nature of free will: knowledge of the future would imply no free will, because knowing the future means it cannot be changed. But the linguist asked herself, "What if the experience of knowing the future changed a person? What if it evoked a sense of urgency, a sense of obligation to act precisely as she knew she would?"

Reading How stuff works: I Ching, and story of your life, makes me think of how languages can place in different dimensions.

I think using AI to tell people's horoscope is totally fine. "What's fun about astrology is that it's a form of storytelling. It's based on mythology and part of what makes it fun is the human element." Why do we need human element is telling future?