Show Notes

Scifi and Fantasy

Our different aptitudes for processing fantasy. Fantasy tropes, internal consistency, Patrick Rothfuss.

Wizard and muggle technologies

Telegraphs, internets, owls and agentive magical paper airplanes. Other things too!

The power of names

“True name” magic in Harry Potter. IRL examples. Ancient Egypt, Medieval Europe, Jewish mysticism, Aronofsky’s Pi. Rothfuss again.

Classism and wizard racism

Wizard Hitler!

Wizard warfare

Magic bullet machine gun enchanted buckler wizards. Enchanted riot shields with a wand-hole in them. Other innovations.


The fascististic headmistress, Ballatrix, Luna, and other characters we wanted to note.


  • science fiction, 
  • science, 
  • fantasy, 
  • magic