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Any Sufficiently Advanced Friendship by Balthasar999 Any Sufficiently Advanced Friendship by Balthasar999
...is indistinguishable from magic!"
- Sir Arthur C. Colt

***Psychedelestia is Best Celestia***

Told y'all I was writing a fic: [link]
This is an illustration for it I kinda got carried away with (Don't worry, this is the only "serious" one):

Narrator meets Celestia, who's laying down some exposition. Guy asks her what the deal with magic is. She's like, "Yo dog it's magic."
He's like, "That don't explain shit. Fucking miracles, how do they work? Just what happens between you thinking something and them little atoms getting pushed around? What's different about you that you're magic and a banana slug isn't?"
She's like, "You wouldn't understand even if I told you, my little homie."
He's like, "Try me."
And then she's all like
BWAAANG with this song [link] And lays it out like you see above, with some crazy concepts cobbled together to make it sound quasi-plausible.
Then he's like, "It's magic, got it."

The workings of the real universe are way more insane than anything we could make up, so I thought I'd borrow a little of that to give magic some freaky-ass "2001," "stoned Carl Sagan" vibes.

Other stuff: The equation in her eyes is the Generalized Continuum Hypothesis, which is a part of Set Theory that has to do with the rules governing different "sizes" of infinities nested inside one another (The symbol that looks like an "N" is "aleph" and with the subscript denotes a specific "level" of infinity), and all the equations and such making up the texture are collaged from an exciting, maniacal new 500-page number theory paper by a guy named Shinichi Mochizuki, with the delightfully madness-inviting name of "Inter-Universal Teichmüller Theory." It's being combed for errors as we speak and I hope it holds up because it sounds pretty revolutionary.
The composition/general idea is a definite nod to Max Tegmark and his awesome "Mathematical Universe Hypothesis," which is exactly what it sounds like. Plato is smiling up there in Ideal Space.
The Feynman and Penrose diagrams and light cone things are just from GIS.
The galaxy is a Hubble photo of NGC 1232, one of the largest known spirals.
The fractals are :icongreentunic:'s and free to use - Go check them out!
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:iconzanarnaryon:
ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Celestial Godhorse for the winOur God is an Awesome God 
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legirian Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice twist of the quote. That some cool shit, yo. You wouldn't happen to have a clean version of Celestia in this? I love how she looks, but there's a lot of sparkliness in the way :P

I'm digging that song you linked. Funky as hell. If I asked nicely, could you point me in the direction of more like it? Are Thievery Corporation or Shawn Lee Ping Pong Orchestra good starting points?

Also, the whole
"Let's write a fanfic!" *proceeds to spend hours making art for the story*
is very familiar. Good stuff.
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks, man!  Sorry, I don't think I still have the raw Photoshop files for this, though.

Yeah, Thievery Corporation and Shawn Lee are both pretty rad.  You really can't go wrong with any of their stuff.
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ndogmario Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This isn't your normal every day friendship , this is advanced friendship. :iconspongebobscaredplz:
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Orhideous Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Formulas from inter-universal Teichmüller theory?
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yep!  Last I heard the mathematics community is still struggling to make heads or tails of that paper.  I wish 'em luck; I've never even seen a lot of the symbols in it before. 
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Orhideous Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Hm. It's absolutely new geometry afterall.
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MisterKaos Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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PonyUniverse Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OW
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
This guy gets it.
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:iconmisterkaos:
MisterKaos Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tripping is magic!
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:iconmisterkaos:
MisterKaos Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for giving y'all seizures! :P
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Holy SHIT. :jawdrop: The amount of detail in this piece... 
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks man, I really tried to do something different from what other people were doing, and go all out with it.
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:iconlordseth100:
lordseth100 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
The Friendship algorithm!
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:iconkrisisis:
Krisisis Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
This is so awesome!
Can you plz make a luna version? ^^
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
We'll see!
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:iconkrisisis:
Krisisis Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
YAY!!
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:iconxelianthought:
xelianthought Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Awesome! 
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:iconlayla1407:
Layla1407 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Wow, she look amazing! :happy: 
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Glad you think so!  I really like going for a different vibe over just more comic art or copying the show.
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:iconxelianthought:
xelianthought Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Awesome I love seeing epic Celestia and this is definitely that!
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:iconwait0wat:
Wait0wat Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Hel-LOOOOOOO WALLPAPER!!!
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dethobsessed Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
hours and hours of sifting through LITERALLY thousands of repetitive and mediocre pony-art you have made it all worth it.
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, thanks! I can't think of many nicer things for an artist to hear. Really glad you enjoyed it!
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dethobsessed Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
:)
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earwig888 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
This was just a total geek-gasm!!! Livin' it!
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:icontyphlosionskingdom:
TyphlosionsKingdom Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
lol went in one ear and out the other because all i see is the tristar pegasus! yay me!!!
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aw, dangit! Now I see it too!
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umbreon-boogiebambam Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely love it.. you did such an amazing job!!! like wow
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Aealacreatrananda Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is amazingly amazing, space cookies, guys! Some lovely stuff in here.

Plus, anything with aleph in it makes me happy. Me and the ghost of Georg Cantor. He visits sometimes, for Ghost Toasties and Remedial Math.

Aleph aleph for the win.
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Georg Cantor said he was coming over to my place along the Reals but I think he got lost somewhere between six and seven. I sent Ludwig Boltzmann in after him. What could go wrong???
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WillyGalleta Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Clearly, this is the darkest timeline.
I love it.
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh man, I should totally add an evil goatee...
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:iconwillygalleta:
WillyGalleta Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Too late! [link]
...
Oh, wait... no... that's not the right object. >_____<
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Who is that? It kinda looks like Celestia but she doesn't have a 'stache or glasses like that...
Keep looking, guys, she's not here!
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WillyGalleta Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:iconcelestiashrugplz:
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:iconkrisisis:
Krisisis Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Magic is impossible to explain with non philosophical methods.
Even the greatest mathematical explanation is shifting away into a bright fantasy ending in an astonishing mess of mathematical theory and an awesome alicorn.

I'm a brony who studies physics and this is just...WOW...

Great work, I found myself a new wallpaper!!
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Of course eventually mathematics/phyics shades *into* philosophy in a flurry of Bertrand Russell-isms...;D
Once I started thinking about it at all, though, I couldn't stop until I was satisfied and actually did come up with a technical explanation that basically centers on using constructive interference to get neutrinos to push around normal matter, but the main character understands none of this.

Haha, I'm glad you like it - That "OK I recognize those parts but this is way beyond where my understanding stops" feeling is basically exactly what I was going for.
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Krisisis Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Well, you can explain most of the magic with metaphysics. I also love to discuss about it.
But either the assumption to start with is "impossible", or the outcome is not exactly the magic you try to explain.
I think everything in our reality is explainable with physics/science/laws of nature. (in theory)
But sadly the mlp magic is not real...
Except you define: magic := friendship
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Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, same here, naturalistic explanations being enough and all that. I think there are some very good information-theoretic reasons straight up supernatural magic can't exist in a world made of particles; essentially that the goals by themselves are so much simpler than the arrangements of atoms they'd have to create, so something physical needs to happen in the middle to turn one into the other.
So it's still no barrier in theory to doing all those same kinds of "impossible" things if you have enough energy and precision, but ironically by the time you could pull off a lot of it you'd probably be so advanced and superintelligent you'd have no interest in doing the kinds of things humans wish they had magic for in the first place.
If you were crazy powerful you could set up some kind of "GUI" for your system that creatures like us could use, and from our perspective it would look exactly the same as what we imagine when we think of "magic," which is I think is part of what that original Clarke quote is about.
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Krisisis Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Yeah, I see what you mean. Instead of manipulating the laws of physics, you could just create an illusion that makes people believe you can use magic. Using tricks and technology that your audience don't know/understand could result in people believing in magic. It's nothing different than what our real magicians do. Dependent on your audience, you don't need to be powerful and super intelligent.
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Darkkon13 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm blinded by science math and friendship!!!
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Specifically the science of applied eye-gouge-ology.
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Darkkon13 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
xD haha!
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MakinBaconPancakes Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Holy crap!! This is AMAZING!!! I LOVE IT!!! =D
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Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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DewYunomi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa. Just... whoa...! That is totally trippy! But it's also incredibly cool. :O Awesome job with it! :wow:
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Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
I really hope Pyschedelestia becomes a meme.
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:icondewyunomi:
DewYunomi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Likewise! It's totally memeworthy! :D
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