*you'll think we're batfuck insane.*

SCP: 4923

Author: Randomini

Alright. This is a weird one. The author, Randomini, also wrote [Inside](http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2719), so he's not new to these weird, mind-bending, conceptual skips. Strap in, boys.


I'll skip over straight to the description because the containment procedures won't make any sense if we don't. There's something about alabaster, gypsum blood, and self-referential loops in there that is simply undecipherable. No point in trying to wrap our brains around that yet, so let's go.

SCP-4923 is a frankly fantastic collection of approximately one hundred and twenty billion *corpora arenacea* of human make.

Corpora arenacea are calcified structures in your brain. They're mostly made of calcium phosphate that gets denser and denser as you grow older, and nobody knows what they do. However, SCP-4923 instances are special in the SCP universe. As a concept, they are paradoxical, being 'different to itself'. This makes describing SCP-4923 difficult, as the human brain cannot comprehend what SCP-4923 does, it can only comprehend what it is, as evidenced by the following line:

Indeed, attempts to directly describe SCP-4923 in a proper fashion, or one that matches sensicality too well, messes with the neurons and screws you up a tad.

The article goes on to talk about the *epiphysis cerebri,* also known as the pineal gland. This is where most *corpora arenacea* are found. In the olden days, the pineal gland was where people thought the human soul was. Whether or not this is true or not is up to debate, but it does have a weak link - in-universe, the pineal gland turns to stone over time, killing you.

We get a description of what SCP-4923 does, here:

4923 acts as a semantic anchor of sorts, and it grounds you in the plane as you get older.

Basically, SCP-4923 makes sure you think proper, rational thoughts, instead of paradoxes and other logical problems. This is good because if you think of paradoxes and problems that the brain is not normally able to think, there will be severe effects on the brain. Think of it like this: SCP-4923 is similar to a speed limit on a highway. Of course, cars on the highway can go faster than the speed limit. But going faster than the speed limit has bad, bad consequences. You're more likely to crash into something or someone, injuring yourself and others. SCP-4923 is the speed limit of the brain. While the brain is capable of thinking in paradoxes, it is more likely to sustain damage while doing that. This is why the statement below is true.

There might be some books around it, but they make even less sense than this - and if you can even remotely understand them, then you won't be able to make words any more to tell the rest of us.

Being able to even remotely understand the paradoxical corpora arenacea will break your brain so severely you may as well be a vegetable. This shows how important the corpora arenacea are.

The next part is where the speed limit analogy fails, so I will have to explain this in real life terms. While the corpora arenacea keeps you sane, it also stops you from exploring a field of thought entirely. There is a lot to discover in paradoxes and logical fallacies, so SCP-4923 can be seen as quite limiting.

There are also drugs that can act as a bypass to SCP-4923, called Agnostics. They're described as 'making you doubt', and this makes sense. By doubting what is considered rational, you free up your mind to wander about and think of the paradoxical.

Imbibement of Agnostics results in semantic disassociation.

Agnostics disconnect you from concepts you have already learned and considered true. In other words,

Agnostics let you investigate things that are *wrong*. More particularly, they facilitate the employment of alternative logical paradigms - usually ones which, externally, seem nonsensical, because they are.

As I have said, Agnostics allow you to think wrong things by allowing you to use different methods of thinking that are inherently *dumb*. They do work, but they give you nonsensical results. So if Agnostics make you think dumb things, why are they useful?

The next paragraph explains by saying that by learning what is wrong, you learn more about what is right. Let's go back to the car analogy. It's hard to explain what is working and functional about a car. You can't say 'oh, the engine is fine, working fine, etc.' because that is not very specific. There is no specificity in the correct. However, when you talk about what is *wrong* about a car, you're given a lot more to talk about. 'The tire is flat, the fuel is leaking, etc.' you learn much more. That's what the article means by this.

however, is that you've a stronger power over the edges of gnostic truthful realities.

If you think X is wrong, you can think heavier about what makes X right. And you can think heavier about why the line of thinking that makes X wrong, is flawed.

Then, we learn that there's an entire department that revolves around using Agnostics, and SCP-4923 called the Surrealistics Department. The word 'surreal' is very appropriate here, as this SCP and the Department revolve heavily around the paradoxical and the bizarre. The Surrealistics Department describe themselves as being 'hated' because they resist SCP-4923 and how it anchors you to reality. They are most likely hated because they speak very cryptically - not because being cryptic is funny, but because it's necessary to.

The Surrealistics Department hates SCP-4923, because to them, SCP-4923 is a ball and chain. They have seen what the human mind can accomplish without SCP-4923, and they think needlessly restricting mankind to what is rational and logical is stupid and inhibiting.

The last paragraph talks a bit more about the pineal gland. We can infer that the pineal gland is what allows thinking irrationally, as evidenced by '*a few more pineals grafted into you',* '*if you're not using your pineal, we'll take it'.* The pineal gland is what allows all of this, and the corpora arenacea is there in the pineal gland to stop it from going haywire.

I think we know enough about 4923 to go back to the containment procedures, to see if we can decipher somethings.


There are some unimportant things in the containment procedures. I will leave you to read that yourself, because those bits are not super relevant to the anomaly at hand. Anyways, here we go.

Object Class: Keter… or Thaumiel, depending on perspective.

To the Surrealistics Department, SCP-4923 is Keter. It's present in every single human brain and it keeps growing back. It might as well be uncontainable. But, to other people, it is Thaumiel. It is necessary as it prevents people from brain damaging themselves by thinking bad thoughts.

SCP-4923 is to be maintained in a self-referential conceptual maintenance loop of its own design.

This one is a bit hard, so I'm just going to say it. What is the containment for SCP-4923? Let it stay inside the brain.

Notice how they don't use the word contained, they use the word *maintained.* SCP-4923 shouldn't be contained due to the drastic effect that would have on society. Rather, it should be kept inside the brain. What are the other words for? What's a self-referential conceptual maintenance loop? My personal take is that that's the brain. The brain is self-referential *and* conceptual, and since containing 4923 would be disastrous, that's where it's kept.

So, in summary: SCP-4923 is an anchor that keeps you from thinking in paradoxes, while the pineal gland allows you to think in paradoxes in the first place. Some people, the Surrealistics Department, eschew the anchor and explore the paradoxes, and are hated for it. Since the Foundation cannot keep 4923 in check, they let it go freely.

That's it for 4923. I hope you've enjoyed the declass, thanks.

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