This abstract resonance recalls the myth of the "philosophers' stone".
The growing importance of crystals in the information industry lets this
analogy seem fitting, even if the mythic process (from "crystallization" to
the crucial point of "critical mass" where "lead becomes gold") not only
seems mysterious but also incommensurable. (This is in some respects
typical of every development of software, where elements of
"independence" are visible. "Software solutions" not only make
the world "smaller" but also "softer". (day X/megamix)
Synthetic worlds are a key to the "videotheque of horrors"
and also a central notion of the data space of contemporary "infonautics" (Alice in Wonderland).
"Synthetic phenomenology" as the instrument of "subjective science" following the tracks of scientific "sensation".