Author Archives: Nicosia

A taxonomy of reality, part 2: On consensus

(Part 1 of this series presented a brief overview of this topic and a series of questions. We suggested that consensus is an important part of whether something is real. In this piece, we’ll run sideways with this idea and … Continue reading

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A taxonomy of reality, part 1: Puzzling questions

Over the next couple of months, we plan to consider the types of reality. What do we mean by this? “Real” might look binary, but think about this for a moment: what’s the opposite of “real”? You could give many … Continue reading

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Is tulpamancy good? Bad? Unhealthy? Adaptive? No.

Lately we’ve seen a lot of people either criticizing or promoting tulpamancy in ways that seem problematic to us. Creating a tulpa will improve your life and make you a better person! Creating a tulpa is unhealthy! You shouldn’t create … Continue reading

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From pianos to hugs: The power of imagination

“I hadn’t yet realized that, imagining other worlds, you end up changing this one.” —Baudolino, Umberto Eco I recall once hearing a story about a concert pianist who fought in the trenches in World War I. He was out there … Continue reading

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Refocusing worries about privacy and tulpas

This is the third post in the bad reasons not to create a tulpa series, which aims to highlight some common concerns about tulpamancy that are missing the point while describing related concerns that are actually important considerations. While a … Continue reading

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Physically challenged, and other Gretaisms

Greta inspired this post by last night making me laugh harder than I have in a long time. Every once in a while we like to take a step back and reflect on how weird tulpamancy seems to outsiders: here … Continue reading

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System games for fun and profit

A lot of new tulpamancers want to play games with their tulpas. Even if that doesn’t sound like fun already, here are some reasons you might want to try: Most games require switching mental functions and perhaps physical control rapidly … Continue reading

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A temporary resident shows us how to handle the unexpected

(This is another post with brief sexual themes, again nothing explicit.) While Greta and I are not determined to be the only people in our body forever, we do know that we aren’t ready to deal with someone else here … Continue reading

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On making mountains out of molehills: A cautionary tale

The time has come for us to tell a rather long and somewhat painful and embarrassing story about a period in our relationship. The period in question started around a year ago and lasted about a month, and while we’ve … Continue reading

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Mitgedanken: The best intuitive proof I have

“A head is a nice thing to have in common, you know.” —Nicosia, to Greta I was recently reminded of an experiment I once did which is worth some further thought. In a period of doubt, I had a vague … Continue reading

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