Rabbit Hole


Forcing is a set-theoretical operation developed by Paul Cohen in the early 1960s. It provided a way to construct models of set theory in which various propostions could be "forced" to be true or false. In particular, Cohen showed a forcing construction in which the continuum hypothesis was false, in contrast to Godels construction of L, a model of set theory in which CH is true.

Forcing is of interest because one way to view forcing is a system for constructing names. In the case of an uncountable set such as the real numbers, the set of real numbers we can explicitly name is always countable because a 'name' is a finite set of symbols. What forcing implies, in a very broad-brush outline, is that the system of names that you create - your namespace - actually modifies the objective reality you can measure. By carefully selecting a system of names to describe the reality you inhabit, you can shift the nature of that reality.


These are techniques for using names to shift your relationship to reality. Both are based on observation of similar patterns, and using names to label those patterns. A time-bind is based on similar sequence of events. One of the most common methods of time-binding is musical. The basic nature of music is a quasicrystalline time structure, where regular rhythmic repetition acts to connect earlier and later moments of musical flow. The next layer of musical time-binding is the recognition of past musical experiences in the nostalgic sense. The power of musical recollection to 'take you back' to previous emotions is oft-noted. A full ritualistic time-bind is applying this principle in many domains simultaneously, noting and feeling 'time rhymes' between the present and past. Time-binding present and past is a way to subjectively allow you to reprocess and reexperience earlier life events, and make different choices. The feeling that past actions are irrevocable can to some extent be counteracted by voluntarily time-binding your present with the past, making your current timeline correspond to an alternate branch of the past.

Fiction binding is a conceptually similar technique, but the recognized similarity and constructed naming system are based on works of fiction, rather than previous events. A fiction bind is a recognition of common structure between reality and a work of fiction, and a voluntary act of associating the names from the work of fiction with reality. In other words, you reshape your identity and sense of narrative meaning by adopting a quasifictional identity. This technique is used very commonly by performers - the creation of an alter ego stage personality with fictionalized elements.