In my latest chapter of my ongoing My Little Pony crossover fanfic, “Myou’ve Gotta be Kidding Me“, my protagonist has had a thought. She has discovered that she lives in a universe containing cross-universe travel (which brought her from Earth to Equestria), time travel (which has at least some limits, but can be used for tactical purposes) and magic (of the mana/spell variety). Before arriving there, she read many of the Sequences, even if she hasn’t fully absorbed all of their implications, and has been rather busy to think on them very much. I’ve tried combining all of that by having her posit that the local form of magic is actually a way of implementing outcome pumps, and that the mysterious ‘mana’ is closely tied to the self-consistency of any given blob of amplitude of quantum wave-functions. My readership seems to generally approve of the technobabble I used

Since this is fiction, I could just as easily have had her posit angels pushing on every electron, and had that be so; but I’m trying to write rationalist fanfiction, and have her strength be in coming up with ideas my readers can use. I haven’t made a concrete decision whether or not to have this set of technobabble be the truth for the setting; but I’m at least going to try to use it as the basis for her to try running some experiments to test it. And, in doing so, cover a bit of ground about such things as the difference between Bayesianism and the social organization of the Scientific Method – particularly given that she feels she is under very heavy time pressure to not just get accurate results, but get them quickly.

Might anyone reading this have any suggestions for improvements to the technobabble I’ve used so far, particular experiments she could try, bits of the Sequences that are worth covering in the process, or anything similarly related?

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