Let’s pose this question.
Is science our magic? I know that the question might have more questions then actual answers, but this was something that I was thinking about earlier today.
There is a lot of science and technology that we take for granted. I could give you major examples, list off papers and studies, but I want to keep this simple. Think about it for a second – Automatic doors, the Internet, Cellphones, even electricity! These are all common everyday things for most of us. We use them, a lot without even thinking of the complexity that is behind them. They are things we interact with everyday, they are our norms. Now imagine you are in a fantasy land. A land of mages, witches, and knights. You obviously don’t have a cellphone, there is no electricity, and you have to crank open those super heavy wooden gates, rather then have them open when you are within a certain distance. Instead of lightbulbs you have torches, or a mage that can produce light. No cellphones, how about message sent by you via an avatar through the astral plain. Heck the astral plain could be considered the internet in a few primitive ways,
Those are your norms in that world. You have conjurers, wizards, and mages. These people would obviously learn their trade by getting apprentice ships, going to colleges, and being apart of respective guilds. Most would be born with these abilities. Not unlike people who are born with a great understanding of mathematics and engineering.
If we were to be told magic was real, that you could wave a wand, or drink a potion and get the power of telepathy, flight, or other coveted attributes – most of us would gawk at the notion. We’d dismiss it as pure fairy tale, even if we were shown examples of it right in front of us. We are skeptics to such things, but image if the roles were reversed.
You are a knight, and you have just finished your noble quest. You are far away from your lady love so you visit the local mages guild. You want to send her a message, but having a letter go by raven or horse would take to long. You instead go to the head mage and ask for him to send a message for you. Rather then require gold, or need magical supplies, he pulls out a new STRANGE device. He presses this magic, alien screen and within seconds there is your maiden. She smiles through the shiny smooth surface and blows you a kiss.
What the hell would you think if you were that knight? A small shiny thin object can instantly connect you and your lady, with no magic potions, no blood offering, no secrets! Where is the conjuring, and spells you are so accustomed too? What is this Sorcery? In that instance you would be a skeptic too.
If you came into this fantasy world with the knowledge of the technology of today they would think you were mad. They would have no way to comprehend the science and technology we possess. They would believe that a mage could travel through the air and deliver a message himself with just an incantation or a spell,or could wave a stick in the air and produce light, or use such stick to depend himself against a 500 ton dragon. But the science, and technology we possess today would we confounding.
That is the question then. Is science our magic? And my answer is yes.
Think of how far we have come technologically. Think of the major advances we have made because of science. It is amazing! I truly believe science and technology is our worlds type of magic.
So if anyone asks if I believe in magic, my answer is yes!