What is Magic and Can it Be Explained by Science?

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 7th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/cd0w0-p1/
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This article is an opinion piece on weather or not what we know or do not know can be explained as science or as magic.

Is it science

I answered a discussion of a good friend of mine who said that lucid dreams are magic you can actually change your dreams so they can turn out the way you want them too. Well that is true only it is science? psychologists will and can help people with these dreams, so in my view if it can be explained scientifically it is not magic.

Curare

Similarly voodoo priests used to make people appear dead and a few days later they were back to life and scaring everyone. But science now knows that they used a drug called curare that paralyzed the person for days and when the drug wore off (incidentally the drug can kill you it is poison) in a couple of days. So that is again science.

Curare has been around for centuries it has been used for good and bad. The ancient African warriors dipped their arrowheads in curare to kill their victims, human and animal alike. Similarly the conquistadors found that they were the victims of poisoning by arrows dipped in curare when they encountered the South American Native people and tried to overtake their land.

In addition curare has been used as an aesthetic before an operation. Curare is also useful in blocking the nerves that cause pain and is useful in suppressing convulsions etc.

Can it really be magic?

From a death producing agent, a cheap trick in voodoo as a paralyzing agent, and a break through in modern science, curare serves many important functions, but it not and I repeat not magic.

Now of course you can call anything magic. You can aim your remote control and your TV turns on can be called magic in the broadest sense of the word, but it is not magic, it is science. Even though you or I do not know how to make the remote control work, beyond pushing buttons, a scientist does. Nobody put the piece together haphazardly and chanted a few incantations and voila magic happened. The principal of science was used to bring about the functionality of this device.

So how can we define magic, is it a process that is devoid of all science? Is it something that cannot be explained, it is supernatural, divine providence, natural forces, or the sleight of hand from a magicians bag of tricks. Is a magician still a magician if everything he does can be explained, or does he deserve the title of magician simply through his ability to entertain?

According to dictionary definitions magic can be any of these things, I see that magic really does not have a clear cut definition and therefore subject to all sorts of interpretations. If that be the case then my friend is not wrong, however, I still base my case on if it can be explained by science, than to me it will never be magic.

Should the magician be humble because everything is explained through science; or, should the scientist be humble because what he or she knows. in the future, may only be considered as magic?

After all is said, I still base my case on if it can be explained by science than to me it will never be magic


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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Nov 2015 (#)

Tricks of the mind!

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