cognitive biases

Lost Cities and Magic Ratchets

Something I sometimes wonder about, and now perhaps so will you, is how the advancements of Atlantian civilisation are understood by writers over time. When the story is first relyed, the Atlanteans are not significantly more advanced than their counterparts elsewhere in the story. But as the story of Atlantis is retold, they become more and more socially, philosophically, and (perhaps most of all) technologically advanced. These days, Atlantis is retold as a land of abundant and casual magic, or of advanced crystalline technologies, or of alien-influenced uplifted sentient animals and their half-human kin… It's not something Plato probably saw coming.