I believe in magic

I do believe, I do, I do! I believe in natural magic, the magic of reality. Don’t read Rowling without it.

…the magic of a thunderstorm over Grand Canyon, of the Milky Way on a cloudless night far from light pollution or of a scanning electron micrograph of an ant’s face. Or, for that matter, the magic of a lover’s kiss. Fairy-tale spells, miracles and myths — they make good stories. But the truth — science — is more magical, in the best and most thrilling sense of the word, than any myth or made-up miracle. Richard Dawkins

The magic even works in Kentucky.

Who knows what great magic may lie ahead, as reality unfolds? As Arthur C. Clarke put it,

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

And:

“It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God–but to create him.”

But:

“Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.”

And finally:

“I am an optimist. Anyone interested in the future has to be otherwise he would simply shoot himself.”

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2 Responses to “I believe in magic”

  1. DarwinsMyth Says:

    Dawkins is a great con man. He knows, that since evolution has no real evidence, and that he badly wants it to be science, that he tries to redefine science as magic, making evolution easier to swallow for those who have a harder time accepting the con. Science will always require OBSERVATION and VARIFICATION, and evolution (i.e. MACROevolution) can’t provide either one. For example… where are the hundreds of transitional fossils that link a reptile to an Archaeopteryx, or, a land animal to a whale? Dawkins book should have been called,”The Greatest Con Game on Earth”.

    • osopher Says:

      Plenty are in museums, though most are lost to the ages. Geologic time will do that to a fossil. “Open your eyes.”

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