Science and Magic

How I say science IS magic, basically because of several people.
Tesla was one of the scientists that made science look like magic. Like who would think that
moving a small toy boat using remote control would be science and not magic. Personally if
someone moved a boat in front of me without using engines during 1898 I would be pretty
amused myself.
And the idea of wireless communication using tesla coils and seeing flying lighting bolts fly
around the place from here to there and even on your palm is pretty dang cool. So idk what else
can be magic if not this, controlling lightning, moving cars/boats without engine. That’s all the
wizardry and witchcraft is all about.
And now let’s talk about Graham Bell, and how he made wireless communication possible. Like
how it is calling from 1000 miles without any talisman or spells.
Then how we can emit light and make fire. Turn water to electric energy and make renewable
energy like never ending power.
Its all like magic to a child and how he does not know anything about it yet.

Ok, hold on though, science isn’t really magic, is it? We’ve come up with explanations and
formulations and calculations to rationalise each of these mysterious phenomena. The very act
of explaining away an occurrence removes it from the realm of the mysterious and unknowable
to that of the determinable and obvious. After all, what is magic if not the unexplainable?
The art of healing is one that is still being understood today. Imagine how villages viewed the
curing of a common cold in the 2nd century. Is it truly a wonder that healers and midwives were
the ones most suspected of witchcraft?
In the era of Aristotelian Greece, the lines we currently draw to divide magic and science were
analogous to the line between real life and philosophy. In the centuries since, as more and more
began to be explained, more and more of the unexplainable was attributed to God. Soon, magic
became miracle, and human witchery became satanism.
The appeal of magic is often the wonder, often described as childlike, at not knowing how
something works. To be honest, the use of the word childlike to denote a newness to the topic
has always amused me. As if it is impossible to understand something inside out, to know
exactly how it ticks, to be aware of its limits and still be utterly enthralled by it. The appeal of
science is the ambition to solve a mystery. To bring the entirety of a phenomenon out of the
realm of shadows into the light, ready to be examined at a moment’s notice. Examined under
such a lens, magic and science appear to be mutually exclusive.
Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe there’s more to magic than the unknown. What do you think?


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