>>159685 "Words are ponderous and have to filter their way through one's eyes and then the brain before one can think about them. Music reaches the soul directly, it has a power underestimated by many, yet because of its tendency towards beauty it has been cynically used by only a few."
>>159687 “Good. Then if seems like you’ve reached a conclusion it took the philosophers centuries to understand. All that our consciousness receives is experience, pure and simple. Reason, logic, words, forms - all are inventions of our reason, forced onto that which they are unlike. Mere symbols. And our perception? Representations, but not the thing itself.”
He smiles, still somewhat malignly. “Do you want to continue, or shall I?”
>>159690 "Well, as we've both come to understand, words cannot convey truly new information themselves. Rather, our reason distills a portion of our experience, and matches to that experience a symbol, a word. And that word is conveyed to another, who, with luck, has experienced something similar, and has matched hopefully the same word to a similar enough portion of his experience.
The logical conclusion is that I cannot tell you what is 'true', I can merely tell you my interpretation of my experience, and hope that my symbolic representation of that interpretation allows you to distill your own experiences a bit better.
You will not believe me unless you already know what I am saying to be true. I hope that you have enough experience in such matters that you will, if not believe me, at least understand me.
So though I hate to waste your time with rhetorical questions, they are asked for a reason. So I shall ask: all of those arias and orchestras. Sound, generally. Are there not those who cannot hear sound at all?"
>>159695 "Yes, yes. You hear music that they cannot. And likewise, are there not wide ranges of sound that certain other creatures can hear, that you cannot?"
>>159696 "And you're paying for that all by yourself?" Again, Sorrel asks.
Sorrel either can't or doesn't want to sit upright, and instead leans over, and physically grabs onto Solar Night, pressing against him. Tricky sits upright, but she also has a hoof on his other shoulder.
>>159698 "Yes, good, very good. I think it follows that your view of music, your experience of it, your knowledge of it, is always going to be less than total, as there will always be more out there that you cannot experience and cannot know. Does that sound right?"
>>159699 Tricky: "But uh, what is the work, exactly?" She asks
>>159704 "Unfortunately that is true, probably, but it isn't where I am going. It's... well, let me say this.
Have you heard of the Cloudbury Interpretation of physics? Probably not. No matter. You see, well, you probably already know that scientists have long considered that the matter that we see is not solid as we see it, but is made up of much smaller particles with much space between them. Recently, based on new evidence, physicists have come to the conclusion that these particles are themselves actually waves. Matter isn't solid at all. It were as if it were made of sound." He says, smiling, and giving Amber a chance to respond."
>>159707 His tone and face turns stern and serious "I've Found and killed a couple of them. If I didn't react quick enough it would have been me they would be talking about taking down. the bastards scared me." He shows off one of his bullet scars He sips his whiskey
>>159708 "Ha! No. No not at all. Most likely you've heard of the other famous physics theory of our time. That of Noble Stone, that time and space are not really distinct, but are integrally related. Indeed, he comes to the conclusion that time doesn't exist in the way we experience it. But rather, everything that has every been, and everything that will ever be, is as real as the present."
>>159709 Both mares move off of him, and move their heads around to look at the scars, clearly surprised.
>>159722 "That's alright. All you really need to understand is that The physicists have come to the conclusion that the world as it really is, is not as it appears to us.
But really, why would the scientists have the best answers. Everything they know is based off of the five senses of perception. But you know just as well as I that our senses do not tell us the full story. We cannot see nor hear everything there is to see. Did you know that Changelings can smell magic, and see emotions? There could be entire realms of form and matter that are invisible to us, as we could never experience it. All of this could be unknown to the physicist."
>>159727 “Scientists are only just now coming around to what the philosophers knew 200 hundred years ago, and what the ancient mystics knew for far longer: that there is no such thing as fork and space in the way in which we naively understand them. That time and distance are, to put it inelegantly, mere constructs of the mind.”
>>159728 Sorrel jumps up and off of Dark Star, looking over fur a glass of alcohol. Tricky grabs her glass, and takes another drink.