Magic as many may understand, can be something that science doesn’t understand yet, or magic represents an essential mystery that can’t be rationally understood. Whereas science, has always been regarded as the study that provides a proof for what has been witnessed, observed and concluded. It is real as all of us will agree. But what if we try to understand magic more than in its preternatural sense? Will it open new doors to how we look at it? Will we start understanding that science and magic may not be antagonist words after all?
In his fourth novel-Cat’s Cradle, the famous american writer quotes that, Science is magic that works. Unknown to many this five worded statement holds a deeper meaning of science and magic.
In grades 6th and 7th, we have been constructing 60 degree angles and perpendicular bisects but little had we known that these aren’t just mere constructions but constructions with proof. Maybe likewise the paranormal activities collectively called magic is the point of time that kindles the idea of something. And that something over time has been reasoned and understood by organisms of high intellectual capacity, thus then being known as science. This is what Thor explains when he says, You’re ancestors called it magic, and you call it science. Well, I come from a place where they are the same thing.
The point of understanding what magic is today, is to understand the science of tomorrow.
Many of us, fascinated by science may not believe in magic but it is essential to realise that magic is what, that has given birth to science.
Isn’t it mystical that king Raivata, along with his daughter Revathi went to a different world to meet Brahma, the creator and on their return they find that several thousand years have passed on earth whereas they just spent a day there??
but it’s today’s science!! Einsteins theory of relativity is based on nonlinear time dilation and its relation to speed of light and movement in space. The recent megahit movie: Interstellar, brought this concept to limelight, didn’t it?
During the great war of the Mahabharata, Sanjaya – the charioteer was given the power to view the happenings of the battlefield and narrate them to the blind king Dhritarashtra. hasn’t since made it possible to watch an event live, from the other side of the world? It’s no more a miracle today, when we have the game changer television. Interestingly television is said to come from Greek, telephone meaning- far off or at a distance.
As defined in the Oxford dictionary, magic isn’t the power of apparently influencing events by using mysterious or supernatural forces. Nor is it something way different from science. Magic is the origin of Science. But, if magic is the origin of Science, then why is it referred as the failed science?
When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible,he is certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is probably wrong- Arthur C. Clarks first law.