Do you believe in magic? If you own a computer, and you aren’t a Wiccan, it’s very likely that you don’t. Geeze, even some Wiccans I know don’t even believe in magic, which doesn’t really make sense to me. Whatever. I’ve wondered why no one believes in magic anymore, because, honestly, I’ve had a hard time disproving any of the claims “magic” or the supernatural, lately. Call me crazy, but you’d have to do the same to Sir Isaac Newton.
Most people who have genius are insane, or maybe we just don’t understand them fully. Newton, widely regarded as a scientist extraordinaire, had less interest in “science” than your average high school student. Sure, he came up with the idea of gravity (which, might I add, still can’t be proven to be anything more than “magic”), a lot of calculus, and he performed numerous other experiments, but science was never Newton’s focus.
John Maynard Keynes had this to say of Newton: “Newton was not the first of the age of reason; he was the last of the magicians.” Newton’s interest in science was superficial at best. Many people think of Newton as they think of modern scientists. Newton must have been a great logician and he must have rejected all of the backwater superstitions of his time. Even Christians try to take Newton under their wing, declaring that he was a firm believer in God.
Newton didn’t hold fast to logic, and he also didn’t believe in a Trinitarian God. What Newton was, was an Alchemist. We don’t know much about Newton’s work in Alchemy, because it was illegal at the time, but we know, for a fact, that he believed in it, and focused a lot of his time on the study of Alchemy. Writings about Alchemy from Newton, that have survived, point to Newton looking to discover the Philosopher’s stone and the elixir of life.
Newton proposed that a Diana’s Tree shows that silver can grow from a solution, and that this shows metals “possessed a sort of life.” It turns out that the same process that creates the Diana’s Tree is the process that makes snowflakes.
Now, what makes something “scientific” rather than “magic?”
The biggest issue with this logic is that it doesn’t prove anything. Logic can work, to an extent, but it cannot make a move to explain the fundamentals of a system. We live in a system of magic. Science can explain the after effects of “magic,” but when you look at the deep, root of the world, you have to wonder, what made the rules? Why is it that eight electrons fill the outer shell of an electron to make it “happy?” Why do large objects attract other objects? Where did energy come from? How did life arise?
Magic is an answer. “I don’t know” is another great one. That’s precisely the concept that I’m digging at here. We don’t and cannot conquer the world through science any more than people could conquer it through magic. Thousands of years before Christ walked on the earth people created things in ways that we can’t even fathom or even accomplish now, but they still had “gods” and believed in magic. I don’t understand why we can’t believe in God or magic anymore, if they could.
I take a lot of time questioning the “normals” in life. I think they’re restricting, and possibly dangerous. We don’t question our government, because we’ve been conditioned into thinking its normal. People aren’t even outraged that they’re spying on us. However, it’s even worse that we think it’s okay if they have a warrant. We’ve been conditioned into thinking in specific ways. We’ve been told that magic isn’t real, and it may not exist, but you’ll never know if you don’t think about it at all. I mean, people think the government is out there for our benefit still.
Just like social norms, we accept science, because it’s logical, but depending on how you look at concepts like magic or even God, they make sense within their own systems, just like logic, which only makes sense in a scientific system. There are well documented cases of “miracles” and things that defy logic, but they’re easily dismissed as hoaxes or with the statement, “well, you can’t disprove that.”
We’ve been conditioned and trained like sheeple to believe what the scientists say, that through logic all things can be explained. Even with the advances in all known branches of science we still don’t have all the answers. How does the human brain work? My Grandpa, who had 3/4th of his corpus callosum severed and 1/4th of his brain has degenerated, is a functional human being. Sure, he has seizures, which have caused his brain loss, and he’s on a lot of medication, but he’s still him, with a lot of his brain missing. All that withstanding, he’s one of the smartest people I know – you’d never know he had any kind of brain loss.
How can you explain what makes a person a person? Logic can’t do it, because my grandpa is missing a large portion of his brain and he’s still himself. What makes a human alive, but fire not? Fire has many qualities of life, except cells, and reacts to it’s environment, by consuming it. We don’t view fire as alive, however. What makes things alive? What separates us from animals? Science can’t explain any of this, but we’ve all jumped on the bandwagon that science is the answer. It isn’t.
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