The name's Saan. This is a personal blog, as well as a Supernatural blog. My favorites are the angels. I love Sam, tho, too. I also post Rooster Teeth, Flight Rising, and Minecraft, though that is few and far between.



agentsex:

Are we takling about the same thing? Because I mean when, say, a character needs to heal from a terrible wound. The pseudoscientific approach would be found in X-Men, where they say stuff about evolution and the X-Gene mutation. The other approach is just say, “It’s magic.” Some universes combine the two, where magic is follows certain rules that have to be followed, thus making the magic into a previously unknown part of the phsyical universe.

Supernatural doesn’t do either, and it’s actually one of the things I like best about it. They rarely go into long expository speeches about the hows and the whys. Sam and Dean have never showed the slightest bit of curiosity about why a devil’s trap can trap a demon; they just know that it does. Dean used a Latin exorcism rite that mentioned God and Angels when he didn’t think that they existed. He just didn’t care.

An in-universe example of the magic justification is John’s explanation of the Colt’s backstory; we don’t ever find out why the gun can kill anything, but we do hear about who made it and why, etc. An in-universe example of a (partial) pseudoscientific justification is when Castiel starts to explain why Sam and Dean only have 24 hours when they time travel to the past. Most of the time, though, they don’t bother with explaining anything. Ruby’s knife kills demons. Why? How does it work? Where does it come from? They don’t know, and they don’t care. They know it works because they’ve seen it work, and that’s all they care about.

I like it because it’s a very working-class blue-collar approach to magic and religion. So much of this show is really a working-class F U to everything society holds sacred.

You can totally take a different approach for fanfic, of course! I’ve seen it before and I thought it was really interesting. I’m just talking from experience when I say don’t try too hard, because yeah, impossible stuff is impossible.

No, I don’t think we are.

Every example you’ve used, I’ve already come up with an explanation to how it works in my head. That’s what I do when I watch ‘ambiguous’ things. And they’re long, complicated reasons that kind of all tie around the fact that spells are Words, which are effective in a universe where God’s written’ things. (And then He had Metatron write down the code book.)

Whereas you may hear that angels are multi-dimensional wavelengths of celestial intent and then go, “Okay, cool,” when they don’t explain how that works, I sit and try to figure out how that works. Others do, too. That’s why there’s meta on the perimeters for these sentient energy creatures and just how they can possess people, but only certain people, yada yada yada.

I don’t have to explain, in great detail, the process used for this system I’m cooking up. I can leave it as ambiguous as Supernatural does when it comes to energy beings having tangible feathers made of matter. But, as with energy beings having tangible feathers made of matter, some may not be content with that.

By basing this system on systems that already occur in our reality, and have it fit within the perimeters of the Supernatural universe, the readers will have an easier time understanding what I’m trying to accomplish. And, if they don’t, I’ll have an easier time understanding what I’m trying to accomplish.

My problem is that I need to understand the systems I can base it off of. Which is what I meant when I said I’m using all I learned in school—which wasn’t much in the respective fields I listed—to try and make this shit make more sense than MATTER FEATHERS ON AN ENERGY BEING.

And I’m not the only one who went, “What the fuck?” over that little addition to the mythology, so I know people pay attention to whether something fits or not. I need something to fit, even if I never lay out in great detail how it fits.

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Competition for single and multiple resources, the evolution of resource acquisition and utilization pathways, cross-feeding/symbiosis,[11][12] antagonism, predation, and competition among predators have all been studied in ecology and evolutionary biology using chemostats.

…a’ight.

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nosignofwings:

Rocks and Water by Deb Talan | for Grace ♥
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agentsex:

mixgoldenphoenix:

it’s literally impossible though!

Pretty much every mutant in X-Men is literally impossible, but they spout enough mumbo-jumbo that the suspension of disbelief allows the audience to not give a damn.

That’s what I’m trying to accomplish with this system I’m trying to create. Base this magical system on the workings of things that already exist in reality—in nature—and it sounds more, well, realistic. Doable. The suspension of disbelief is not as easily broken.

I mean, even though Neil deGrasse Tyson ripped into Gravity for being incorrect in many places, he still said he enjoyed the film. [x] That’s all I need accomplish with this little system and my readers.

Really? Because I’ve found the pseudo-scientific explanations in X-Men annoying and jarring; totally takes me out of the story. I’d rather that they just stuck in mutants with no explanation. (Their explanation of the theory of evolution is completely off, but the thing that bothers me the most is that all the mutants’ superpowers apparently come from a single mutation of a single gene.)

I just thought that was how most people reacted, but maybe that’s just among scientifically literate viewers, like this guy.

Except that the concept of angels in Supernatural is already pseudo-scientific and impossible without a whole lot of rule-breaking in our reality. Therefore, me writing a pseudo-scientific and impossible scenario regarding Heaven would fit within that universe.

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dahliasheng:

Supernatural - Gabriel
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it’s literally impossible though!

Pretty much every mutant in X-Men is literally impossible, but they spout enough mumbo-jumbo that the suspension of disbelief allows the audience to not give a damn.

That’s what I’m trying to accomplish with this system I’m trying to create. Base this magical system on the workings of things that already exist in reality—in nature—and it sounds more, well, realistic. Doable. The suspension of disbelief is not as easily broken.

I mean, even though Neil deGrasse Tyson ripped into Gravity for being incorrect in many places, he still said he enjoyed the film. [x] That’s all I need accomplish with this little system and my readers.

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I’m basically holding everything I learned in biology, two physics classes, chemistry, and even geometry and going, “How do I make you create angels?!”

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supernaturalapocalypse:

Season 9 | 9x22 - Stairway to Heaven
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