Let’s talk about crystals.
Crystalline mineral structures are one of my favourite subjects to talk about. They are singularly weird and enigmatic natural constructs that have fascinated man-kind for thousands upon thousands of years. Crystals have historically been reserved for the elite few who could afford to splurge on their shiny-ness, adorning the crowns and ornaments of rulers long past. When accessible, they have been used for scrying and fortune-telling. In the Old Testament, the High Priest Aaron adorned his breastplate with twelve different jewels, including Urim and Thummim; the heavenly-sanctioned stones of divination. As a species, we have marvelled over these gleaming protrusions spied in the dirt for a long time, and it turns out that it wasn’t without good reason.
Has it ever occurred to you guys that nearly all the technology of the modern era only works because of crystals? You see, crystalline mineral structures have some unique physical properties concerning their energy conversion, piezoelectric charges and electron valences. As a result, certain crystals make excellent semiconductors.
So, we started building radio transistors out of them. These transistors would then be used in clocks, televisions, computer chips, and so on. In the modern age, chances are that when you buy something electronic it has a micro processor in it, and that micro processor is in turn made out of a crystalline silicon compound. Crystals have given us telephones, television, and the internet, inventions which would have been decried as witchcraft not 200 years earlier.
I’ll leave you all with this fascinating video on Quantum Trapping, my favourite experimental application of crystal technology. If you have never seen or heard of Quantum Trapping, watch this video now. It’ll blow your mind.
Welcome to Atlantis, my friends. 🙂
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