When I was very young, my sister and I decided to make a pizza.
It’s my earliest memory of cooking.
I don’t remember exactly HOW we made it.
I just remember two things.
Before we made it, we thought it was going to be AWESOME.
But after we made it, it tasted like crap.
I guess we were too young to know about things called “recipes” and that certain foods go well together and some don’t.
We just piled a bunch of stuff on a piece of bread and put it in the toaster oven.
Most of reality has a structure. Laws of chemistry and physics, how atoms are put together.
If you’re a farmer you’ve got have the right soil, weather, climate, etc.
If you planted the wrong seeds in the wrong dirt at the wrong time of year in the wrong climate, you wouldn’t get a tomato plant.
You probably wouldn’t get anything, except maybe frustrated.
But humans have been growing things for a LONG time.
And they’ve slowly changed the way the grow things.
For example, if you look at corn from a couple thousand years ago, it looks TOTALLY different than today.
This is BEFORE any GMO engineering.
This is just smart farmers playing around with different seeds in different places in different amounts.
This is the cool thing about our reality.
It does have structure, but within that structure is a lot of flexibility.
All of the stuff humans has invented is proof of this.
But you don’t have to be an inventor to play around with the rules of reality.
You can do it with the words you use.
Most people don’t think about the words they use, or the thoughts they think that they try to describe with the words they use.
They just have a bunch of jumbled thoughts, and they turn those thoughts into a stream of jumbled up words.
If you listen carefully, most of these “thoughts into word streams” sound pretty similar.
But if you take a little of time to come up with slightly different thoughts, and use some carefully crafted words to DESCRIBE those slightly different thoughts.
You can have a LOT of fun with people.
And get them thinking and even doing some pretty crazy things.
People will think you have secret X-Men powers or something.