I sent this paper to JK Rowling explaining how the wizarding gene could be singular, autosomal, and dominant despite the protests of a bunch of fans who stopped learning genetics after Punnett squares in 4th grade. Warning: contains science and is not approved for Creationists.





Fan culture is an amazing thing. A fan scientist figuring out plausible Potterverse wizarding genetics is even more amazing.


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Your Brain on a Magic Trick


Alex Stone sets up the magic trick like so:

Pinch a coin at its edge between the thumb and first fingers of your right hand and begin to place it in your left palm, without letting go. Begin to close the fingers of the left hand. The instant the coin is out of sight, extend the last three digits of your right hand and secretly retract the coin. Make a fist with your left — as if holding the coin — as your right hand palms the coin and drops to the side.

Your brain’s inability to sense small changes, its desire for constancy, your inherent desire to feel like you are in control of unconscious decisions … this is the neuroscience that illusionists take advantage of. Fascinating read.


Absolutely fascinating and the best part? Real. The Official (Declassified) C.I.A. Manual of Trickery and Deception 

“At the height of the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency paid $3,000 to renowned magician John Mulholland to write a manual on misdirection, concealment, and stagecraft. All known copies of the document — and a related paper, on conveying hidden signals — were believed to be destroyed in 1973. But recently, the manuals resurfaced, and have now been published as “The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception.” Topics include working a clandestine partner, slipping a pill into the drink of the unsuspecting, and ‘surreptitious removal of objects by women.’”

- Wired: CIA’s Lost Magic Manual Resurfaces

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