pl. artificia: something one works on purposefully; a tradition/culture of material or information artificia; a collective noun for artifact; “a generalization of art.” A continuum spans from purely manual artificia — via various grassgrowing workflows — to outright organics: meaningfully complex but dominated by unguided evolution, not necessarily biologic but lacking the “worked-on” part. ■    Despite a plain timeless meaning, artificium is a recent coinage with modern ethical connotations: so many of our ancestors' purposeful, often ingenious endeavors strike one as senseless, “simply wrong,” far outside the artificia we work nowadays. For one thing, proper artifike (reflective case) are lifetime-rounded — no irresponsible yearning for eternity — and “unsore in the long now”: made to gracefully, even beneficially dissolve once out of remembered life.

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