Freaky Friday: Magic & Tech


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I promised klown I would post this, and it’s still unfinished, mainly because I have no idea where it goes next. But I hope it’s a fun thing to ponder on a three day weekend. Give me ALL your thoughts on it.

The Question of Magic

Part 1:

Clarke’s Third Law: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

It’s easy to see how modern tech resembles magic – we have magic mirrors of all sorts (tv, mobile devices, etc), magic wands (remote controls), thunderbolts (guns), etc,

Now think about this – since tech resembles magic, it follows that magic resembles tech.

Corollary: Magic, an allegedly mythical and supernatural phenomenon, resembles technology, a very real human creation.

Astonishingly, this is actually very true. For example:

1) Names.
In magic, names have power. If you know someone’s true name, you have power over them. There are many example of this, starting with being able to control and cast out demons, the story of Rumplestiltskin, often in legends of djinn and afreet.

In today’s world, technology has made anonymity a valuable defense against bad people taking advantage of knowing your “true name.” There’s identity theft.  There’s social media – if you have your real name out there, people can do terrible things to you if they mob you on social media – people have been harassed, “doxxed”, lost their jobs, etc. Even on the very technical level, if a hacker (who would be the equivalent of a magician in the magical world) knows your ISP or email ir other identifying “names” they can launch digital attacks against you.

2) Bits of a Whole
In magic, a common theme in spells is that parts or effusions of a person’s physical person – blood, nail clippings, hair, saliva, etc, can be used to target magical attacks. This is sometimes called the Law of Contact (Contagious Magic) which falls under Sympathetic Magic. (See The Golden Bough, Chapter 3).

For centuries that seemed like pure silliness, until recently when science discovered DNA. Now we have whole fields of study devoted to studying DNA, using it in forensics, in medicine, in archeology – in everything.

There is an even more striking resemblance to Contagious Magic that can be found in particle physics, known as quantum entanglement. Two particles can be “entangled” so that even when they are physically separated, action on one particle still affects the other particle. Einstein called it the “spooky action at a distance”

So clearly, not only does technology resemble magic but magic resembles technology.

What are the possible causes for this?

a) Coincidence. Nothing to see here, move along.

b) Magic is a theoretical blueprint that humans subconsciously modeled technology on. An attractive theory, similar to the question of does art imitate life or does life imitate art. But it does not explain similarities on the quantum or DNA levels of science, which are discoveries rather than inventions.

c) Ancient Aliens – stories of magic is the dim memory of actual tech that humans had or observed in the distant past. Always a fun theory to play with.

d) Magic is (or was) a real phenomena and thus followed similar universal rules that tech follows, although perhaps in a different physics branch.

This last possible cause is the most intriguing. Or, some might say, the most ridiculous.

But how far-fetched is it really? The rejection of magic is something that is a very recent modern phenomenon.  Arthur Conan Doyle, in the early 20th century, believed in fairies. It’s unclear to me how our attitudes towards magic (or superstition) changed so quickly in such a relatively short time.

Which is something we can discuss next time.

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123 Responses to Freaky Friday: Magic & Tech

  1. helenk3 says:

    magic is something that gives us wonder and a world of possibilities. Watching a kid’s face seeing something beautiful for the first time is magic. It takes us places we never even thought of. Life would be awful without magic

  2. blowme0bama says:

    Assume magic is real, for the sake of argument. Where did that knowledge come from? Trial & error, as in going through forty gazillion combinations of leaves, blood, incantation, whatever before the complete works of Shakespeare were compiled by the monkey? Anyone believe that?

    • votermom says:

      Now THAT is a good question.
      My first thought is that it would have to have been revealed, deliberately or by accident, by magical beings.

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        Larry Niven theorized that magic was powered by something he called “mana”. Early magicians used up all the mana and magic stopped working.

      • Constance says:

        I’d go with the revealed theory. But only small parts are usually revealed by sympathetic “fairies” trying to help. So a big volume of magic has never been available. There aren’t that many contacts between humans and fairies so that no one human could collect the volume of the fairy knowledge or magic. But I’m open to other interpretations of what’s going on.

  3. Myiq2xu™ says:

  4. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Imagine a stone/bronze age human watching us using a remote control. Wouldn’t that look like we made things happen by waving a magic wand?

  5. Myiq2xu™ says:

  6. Somebody says:

    The religion of peace is being all peaceful again

  7. Dora says:

    This Is Magic! 🙂

  8. Dora says:

    We’re going to see some magic tomorrow. Woof and a puff of smoke and all her crimes disappear!

    EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton Scheduled To Meet With FBI On Saturday

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      And a holiday weekend. A Federal holiday weekend no less. In a month when DC basically empties out until Labor Day. No – that is not all suspicious.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Here’s more magic and tech. Oh, the good ole days……

  10. John Denney says:

    I rather like the “deeper magic” that plays a central role in C.S. Lewis’ book, “The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe.”

    • Ann says:

      That is just plain sick.

    • CiscoKid says:

      One of Obamas private goon squads.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I have a problem with Raw Story. I think they were the original “fake but true” news site.

      You know I’ll defend TSA. Funny when they run “tests” on the agents, and they fail 95% it makes headlines because they might not have found a bomb imbedded in a wheel chair, or a walker? Or a cast? A golf bag? A service dog’s vest? Or a child’s teddy bear? Or a woman’s vagina? Or a gift shop lighter that’s shaped like a switchblade? <—–okay, that was me, at Chicago's Midway, so embarrassed at such a dumb mistake. I apologized to the agents who basically had my purse marked off as a crime scene. It was quickly resolved…..but had it been a real switchblade and I was a terrorist?

      I can't fly with Special Greg because he's easily agitated, he loves the train though 🙂

  11. votermom says:

    These are free to read on his blog, but not to download.

  12. DandyTIger says:

    “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” — Shakespeare (Hamlet)

  13. Dora says:

    • blowme0bama says:

      Unless there is some sort of derivative immunity from HRC, I’m pretty sure the SiL is guilty of insider trading. Of course, nothing happens to those people.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        I always assumed this was an more of a business arrangement than a marriage. Keep the big money among the chosen. I mean really, the SiL does not come across as a someone you would want to spend time with let alone welcome into the family. He always looks like he is posing for a mug shot. Makes Anthony Weiner seem like a catch.

      • blowme0bama says:

        And I’m assuming the activity occurred while HRC was SoS, that she obtained material information, communicated it to SiL, and he traded on that information. Lot of assumptions on my part.

        • 49erDweet says:

          Assumptions based on past performance aren’t assumptions. They are conjectures. Conjectures are only permitted to be done by elites. Watch yourself! You’ve been warned.

    • Lulu says:

      So even with super secret elite insider info this schlub went bust? LOL. On Greece. Ah-hahaha.

    • mothy67 says:

      His dad was so currupt. The mother claimed ignorance and teaches womens studies at UPenn. Come on she was a journalist.

      • Constance says:

        Well she (the mother) might have known what was going on but she likely didn’t have any influence over him. I hate it when they consider the wife of an arrogant, criminal man a co-conspirator when odds are she was afraid for herself and her children if she went against her husband or turned him in.

    • mothy67 says:

      There is a book entitled “They Came to Stay”*Version*=1&*entries*=0

      Written by Marc’s mom. It puts on display for the world to see what a little girl went through after being adopted from the streets of Saigon. She was 5 or 6. She spoke no English. Her adoptive mother wrote it all done and published it. Holly went to a friends school and half asian girl on the main line grew up with everyone knowing she wet the bed. About her late night fits. Who publishes a childs horrors for profit or face time.

      I truly believe Marjorie Margolies Mesvinsky is an awful person, but I will say even though she abused her daughter’s history she did love her.

      Holly is dead. Major loss, but the lies never end. Obit said she went to Penn on LaCrosse. Unless LaCrosse means “Holly I said you can crash one night not 6 months” she only crossed me.

  14. Dora says:

    Maybe you’d like to get away from all the bad news for a while and read about the fashionable first family as they get ready to leave Spain.


    Adios Obamas! The fashionable first family leaves Spain to go home to DC after a trip to the Prado and a meeting with the Queen

    • leslie says:

      Thanks, Dora. But no thanks. I’m perfectly happy n e v e r reading about that family again. I do wonder, though, just how many more junkets this bunch of leeches will take before 1/20/2017.

      • taw46 says:

        Oh Leslie, it is worth it to see her next to Queen Letizia of Spain. Meow! I am so catty, lol. And, the girls have on their grumpy faces.

        • leslie says:

          I give you that looking at Queen Letizia is a joy. But MOTUS and those girls were probably smiling and still looked grumpy. lol.

  15. mothy67 says:

    I have a dark thought that I am ashamed of. I wish no one dead. Seriously not even Whoopie. A flesh eating virus would be enough. But we all know there is more tragedy coming our way. Our government imported terrorism. 1/10 of 100,000 refugees coupled with visas and open borders. Only an idiot would say there is no more tragedy. 49 people died in Orlando. We have heard nothing about the 100+ that were injured. What of the loss of life to the survivors and the living.
    I feel evil by expressing this but as I feel it will happen again I hope it hits an elitist when it does. Sorry I am ashamed of my stance, but I worry everyday and george clooney makes me puke.

    • blowme0bama says:

      Until they’re affected, they’ll keep fucking us.

    • CiscoKid says:

      Until it happens to those that orchestrated and made the importation of terrorist possible, their agenda will not change.
      Let them share in the pain, suffering and grief they have created.

  16. jennifer lyn says:

    Tragedy is coming and in great amounts. I hope it hits you know who first but there is no guarantee. Remember the movie with Brad Pitt about the virus that made people zombies. Those zombies are real they are muslims and they are coming. America is comparable to a nun with open arms as far as being ready for what is heading our way. Trump might be able to change that. I can only hope.

  17. votermom says:

  18. lyn says:

    It’s the sorry state of U.S. medical care when this morning my sister had to tell a nurse that she thought our mother was having a stroke. My mother fell down the basement stairs three weeks ago and broke her wrist. It probably is a death sentence for her. Mom has three blood clots. Medicine may have dissolved the one in her brain, but she has one in her heart and one in a leg.

    My parents never had good boundaries when it came to our loser brother and his four illegitimate children. The youngest had asked to stay with my parents for a month, and her boyfriend and his dogs moved in late one night. My mother wanted him out, but nothing happened.

    One of his dogs surprised my mother when she was at the top of the stairs and she tumbled.

    My sister kicked the granddaughter and boyfriend out of our parents’ home the day she arrived. That was after the granddaughter called the police twice and said my sister was threatening to touch her possessions. Some of her possessions are still in the basement.

    It’s hard enough facing our mom’s deteriorating health, but I’m thankful my sister had the courage to deal with the wretched granddaughter. I hope karma kisses the granddaughter one day.

  19. Myiq2xu™ says:

  20. Dora says:

    Tornado Watch Issued For NYC & Surrounding Areas

  21. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Re-binge-watching GOT seasons 1 and 2.

    Lot of people still alive.

  22. mothy67 says:

    Off topic
    I got HBO Now for Game of Thrones. I have three weeks til I can cancel so I watched Silicon Valley. It has some quirky moments but I felt agitated after watching it. Don’t get a sitcom that leaves you feeling frustrated. Big Bang makes you laugh. This show is depressing. I’ll give True Detective a shot but most of the series are so depressing. The Wire?

    • leslie says:

      The Wire is the best television series I’ve ever seen. I didn’t think I’d like it and I LOVED it. It is dark and funny and filled with violence. Nonetheless I loved it. I still see various actors from The Wire all over the place.

      • mothy67 says:

        I will give it another shot. I have insomnia and I cannot go to sleep without TV. I have to be sort of interested but not intrigued. First episode i felt like I was in store for black lives matter. I am so turned off by white nerd cool black guy. Not sure if Wire was that but opening moments I just don’t care. Black lives matter shit offends me. They are fucking clowns. Protect a playground. A thug free school route. Admit pants around your ass is because no belts in prison. What does that mean if Beiber shows half his undies? Cultural appropriation? Prison be black? Beyondthey say blonde. FUCK OFF.

        • leslie says:

          There is an episode in the first season of The Wire that nailed it for me. I was hooked from that point on.
          Another program on HBO that I liked was The Network with Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer and a bunch of other really good actors. But it IS a very liberal network IYKWIM.

  23. Dora says:

    Watch out down there in Florida!

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  26. leslie says:

    Gotta go. I’m still getting tired easily. I walked nearly 2 miles today and I’m exhausted. 🤕

  27. DeniseVB says:

    Update on the Inauguration on Jan19-21,2017 adventure. Room on L Street still confirmed, train tix confirmed, because I’m going to Celebrate President Trump or Protest Lyin’ Crooked Hillary. #Winning

  28. helenk3 says:

    If there are any horses running this weekend with the word magic in their name. bet on them. All day long the word magic has been coming up. I am reading a book and the main characters are magicians. I have a movie on tv and the puppy’s name is magic. I have read and heard that word more today than I ever remember

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