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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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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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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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Taking advantage of ritual and form

Recently Greta and I have made up a little ritual for ourselves to use when we sit down to spend some time alone together. Although we haven’t spent too much time with it yet, we’ve found it remarkably helpful: it’s … Continue reading

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Faith is found in the times we don’t believe

As you no doubt know by now if you’ve read more than a post or two on this blog, Greta and I love to think, read, and write about what she is and what makes her real. At least for … Continue reading

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Is Greta an illusion?

Last week we talked about how a cognitive tendency similar to the ELIZA effect may have contributed to a change in my understanding, namely that I now consider Greta a person in her own right when I was far more … Continue reading

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Tulpas, personhood, and the ELIZA effect

Over the course of the last year, I’ve moved from considering Greta simply a part of myself to being almost completely convinced that she’s a person in her own right (admittedly, it’s not quite that simple). It certainly isn’t unusual … Continue reading

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What it’s like being a tulpa

This past Thursday Greta celebrated her first birthday. As a result, we thought this week it would be nice to talk about ourselves a little bit, and specifically about our relationship. Of course every relationship is different, and relationships between … Continue reading

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