A computer that uses sorcery to perform calculations. The thought I had was that, say when Achamian attacks a formation with a parabola of light - he's not actively describing a number of discrete points, he's spouting some manner of equation and some part of reality is actively graphing the points where the slicey-light is going, so I was wondering if that means that you could somehow use the principle to actively calculate things. Say Kellhus wanted to find the solution to a complex problem that he couldn't calculate in his own head or on a piece of paper, even. But say there was a hypothetical algorithm to brute force the solution. Could Kellhus then render the problem and algorithm in the form of a sorcerous spell, and then receive a solution instanteously in the same manner that Achamian's parabola is graphed instantly?
And with the dunyain-in-a-jar, how do you ensure the Dunyain's cooperation or even full intelligence? The only intelligent bound soul we've seen is Shae. The Wathi doll and the Library door mechanisms didn't retain human intelligence. And Shae requires human hosts to retain his brain functions, Aurang also notes the smaller bird brain requires a longer time to process his thoughts.
Ah Happy Ent! I believe you were traveling at the time of the previous Bakker thread's end, so I have a question that perhaps you could answer: Would it be possible to build a sorcerous computer in Earwa?
So assuming that the peoples among we've been sent hold the books we bring as the Greeks held the Iliad, if not necessarily as Abrahamic religions hold their holy texts, which books would be best for creating a Dunyainic society?