In this blog, Greta and I hope to use our personal areas of expertise, our experiences with each other, and random stories from our life to offer possible answers to aspects of some classic difficult questions. Among others:
- What is reality, actually?
- What are tulpas?
- How do we handle life together?
- How should we live?
While this blog is often philosophical in subject matter, it is not intended to be technical. We have little formal background in philosophy, and we don’t expect you to have any at all. Some knowledge of English and a general idea of what tulpas are should be sufficient to understand what we’re talking about.
We like to bring material from diverse disciplines and areas of life to serve as examples. From one week to the next, we might move from considering politics and poetry to the science of color vision. Some posts have a more philosophical or scientific bent and try to make a general point based on evidence and logic; others are purely speculative, based only on personal experience (and sometimes, that of the tulpamancy community in general). Still others are more in the realm of practical advice or critique than anything else, although this is certainly not a “how-to” blog. Hopefully you will identify with at least some of the focuses; we think the more widely we range the more effectively we can make our point and the more likely we are to trigger some sort of useful connection in your mind.
While the only form of plurality we have experience with is tulpamancy and that’s our primary focus, we tend to aim our thoughts and terminology at more general plurality. That might occasionally mean we make assertions a little bit outside of our experience that turn out to be wrong for more people than we expect – and by all means let us know that if you like – but we think generalizing preferable for the most part because in the end “tulpa” is just a label and doesn’t have any ontological difference from any other “kind of” system member.
In one of our college classes in which we read and discussed a bit of philosophy occasionally, the class used to joke at the beginning of its meetings that in the upcoming hour we were all going to arrive at the answer to the problem of free will or the meaning of life. Obviously, this is not our goal here. Most importantly, we are not attempting to make any universal assertions about the nature of tulpas or plurality. We believe this nature is most likely ultimately unprovable, even if we can imagine experiments that might get us a little bit closer. However, we will share our own theories, based on our own personal experience, some of which will hopefully prove interesting or useful to you.