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Languages animate objects by giving them names, making them noticeable when we might not otherwise be aware of them. Tuvan has a word iy (pronounced like the letter e), which indicates the short side of a hill.
I had never noticed that hills had a short side. But once I learned the word, I began to study the contours of hills, trying to identify the iy. It turns out that hills are asymmetrical, never perfectly conical, and indeed one of their sides tends to be steeper and shorter than the others.
If you are riding a horse, carrying firewood, or herding goats on foot, this is a highly salient concept. You never want to mount a hill from the iy side, as it takes more energy to ascend, and an iy descent is more treacherous as well. Once you know about the iy, you see it in every hill and identify it automatically, directing your horse, sheep, or footsteps accordingly.
This is a perfect example of how language adapts to local environment, by packaging knowledge into ecologically relevant bits. Once you know that there is an iy, you don’t really have to be told to notice it or avoid it. You just do. The language has taught you useful information in a covert fashion, without explicit instruction.”
i expect to have internet but for my internet usage patterns to be drastically changed
my tumblr queue will keep on trucking throughout my absence, however
Do sperm and egg cells come accompanied by little half-daemons? Or do they just materialize in the womb? If the latter, when, and what about IVF? What was Jesus’s daemon? Do daemons shift in utero? Are there forms known to cause medical complications during birth?
I was under the impression they just sort of appeared after birth. Is that not true? O.o
If so, when, and where? And what about IVF, or artificial wombs, or premies?
It would be fascinating if they appeared at like 7 months or whatever and everyone assumed that’s when you start being human or something.
Considering what happens when a daemon touches a person who is not their person, I reject any theory that involves the child’s daemon developing in physical contact with the mother. My personal theory, and I think the one we went with for Effulgence (but I’m not totally sure), is that the daemon appears nearish-by-but-not-touching-anybody when the baby is born. I don’t think we’ve explicitly laid out conditions for the edge cases, but off the top of my head, I’d say that “when the baby takes their first breath of air” is a reasonable daemon-appearance point that handles all the intricacies pretty well.
Maybe the daemon gestates inside of the mother’s? Oooh or the father’s, though lack of paternity uncertainty + requirement to hang out near the mother for 9 months would *drastically* change society I think.
There’s no guarantee that the mother’s daemon will be a species feasibly capable of gestating anything.