I’m re-reading Sweep of the heart and wanted to ask a question regarding the source of one of the philosophies mentioned in the book- Tessidect’s principle (the one about love). Did the authors invent it, or is it rooted in some real-life philosophy? I like it very much and would like to explore the concept a bit more if it exists.
We made it up. Successful writers all work differently, but we all share a wonderful talent. Once we learn the bare minimum of fundamental knowledge about a subject, we can sound like total experts. We are excellent at bullshit. Hehe.
The discussion between Nycati and Prysen Ol is, however, rooted in the work of Nicolas Gisin. You can read it about it here: Does Time Really Flow? Apropos of nothing, what is that chair Mr. Gisin is sitting in? That seems like an awesome chair.
The chaos theory and fractals in Gunmetal Magic, is that real?
Yes, that is a thing. How Chaos Theory Works.
Why did you need to compare human and gorilla shoulders?
We weren’t comparing so much as studying the adaptation of human shoulder to throwing. The image just happened to compare a human shoulder to that of a primate.
Our maximum throwing range with an Olympic javelin, for example, tops out at about 100 meters. Even an average person can throw a baseball to about 20 meters, or roughly 60-70 feet. We also throw things at great speeds. Major league baseball players routinely clock throws of 90 mph. Chimpanzees outmuscle us many time over in terms of raw strength, but they can barely manage a 20 mph throw.
We wanted to know what made us so good at throwing. Here is a light article about it: Why Gorillas can’t throw fastballs.
Being a writer makes you learn all sorts of random things. Like right now, my google history is all about canalized genetic traits and vellus hair. In a few months, I will promptly forget all of it to make room for new things we have to learn for the next book. So if you ask me how many molars tigers have a couple of years from now, I will look at you with a really dumb look on my face and you’ll probably decide I’m a fraud.
PS. Two molars. Also tiger eyes glow white. Cool, huh?