Magic and Science

Singapore
May 11, 2007 2:27pm CST
Magic (or for fans of Crowley, magick) has always been portrayed as the reverse of Science. Personal experience, however, tells me that they are simply filling in the blanks for one another. One good example for me is how I stir still air into wind. Following the science behind how air currents are created, I simply lower the air pressure of a zone where I wish to move the air too. It's much more effective for me then to try and 'bull booze' the air where I want it. Do you have similar experiences?
4 responses
11 May 07
Have you read "Wicked"? It's not really relevant except for the fact that they explain the difference as magic being a force that creates and science being a force that takes apart. I thought it was an interesting way of looking at it.
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• Singapore
11 May 07
No I haven't, but that is a very interesting view point (now that you got me curious, I'll have to hunt for the book). What's the book about?
11 May 07
It's about the Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz. It's an adult book about her life. It's rather odd, but really interesting.
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• Singapore
11 May 07
Hehehe, that really sounds interesting. Thanks, I'll go hunt for it in the weekends :E
• United States
30 May 07
Magic is an attempt to understand why, science is an attempt to understand how. Superstition is funny in baseball movies. My point is, magic is an internal art that drives understanding of why things exist and why they are. Your attempts to change the world via the usage of will is still a search for the eternal why. Why do we exist, why is there suffering, why does my team never win the world series. Science tries to answer how. How was the earth formed, how did the universe begin, how did we get so many varieties of animal and plant life. Different view points trying to grapple fundamental characteristics of reality.
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• Singapore
30 May 07
That is a very interesting response silvernutbar! I do agree with much of what you said. Except for never winning the world series... I'm not a sports person :p
@Galena (9124)
11 May 07
same thing, I think. only science is that which tools have been invented that can measure, and Magic, that hasn't happened yet. might make you laugh. Summer Solstice I normally camp out. later one year when I was trying to fold my tent, the wind kept lifting one end and twisting it, and making my life tricky. so, having had enough, I Shouted "WILL YOU JUST BEHAVE!" the wind came up again, in such a way my tent folded straight down the middle, then fell to the ground, leaving me to fold it up undisturbed by playful breezes. the neighbour who witnessed this looked a bit gobsmacked. hehe
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• Singapore
11 May 07
LOL! Now THAT is fun!
@PsychoDude (2018)
• Netherlands
11 May 07
I think "magic" is simply created out of science, but as people didn't understand how it worked they believed it to be magic rather than science. In example breathing fire by simply spitting a burnable substance into a flame, if you don't know what's happening you might easily think the person has some sort of magical powers enabling to breath life into an existing flame. Put a bit of the story telling behind it and eventually the flame is going to be left out and the person just spit fire. Throwing fireballs, same story. Spray gas into your hand and apply fire and you will have fire coming from your hands without hurting you anything if done right, a bit of story telling over it and it can easily get to forming magic in his hand.
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• Singapore
11 May 07
Personally I think it's the other way round :) Magic is older, Science was developed to separate repeatable results from superstition. Think they went a little too far though...