Tuesday, August 6, 2013


“The magical and the scientific views of the world are quite similar. In both, the succession of events is assumed to be perfectly regular and certain, being determined by immutable laws, the operation of which can be foreseen and calculated precisely: the elements of chance, of change, and of accident are banished from the course of nature. The principles of association are excellent in themselves and indeed absolutely necessary to the working of the human mind. Legitimately, applied they yield science, illegitimately applied they yield magic, the bastard sister of science._ "Magic"; triple-bodied, torch bearing, cur-hounded horrendous hateful howling Magic. • (What distinguishes sacrifice and prayer (religion) from magic? Magic wants to be effective without entering into any relationship)_ “In one classic formulation, the anhropologist Bronislaw Malinawski argued that, science, means achieving practical results through direct physical action; magic, means seeking practical results through indirect, immaterial and some times supernatural means; and religion, mean seeking fellowship with the divine, totally apart from practical results...Prayer is a request and leaves the outcome to God’s decision. magic is the attempt to exert power and establish control sometimes over forces regarded as demonic.” _In so far as religion assumes the world to be directed by conscious agents who maybe turned from their purpose by persuasion, it stands in fundamental antagonism to magic as well as science”. The scientific quest for truth and the religious quest for faith are equal effort._ “As reason is a rebel unto faith, so passion unto reason; as the propositions of Faith seem absurd unto reason, so the theorems of reason unto passion and both unto faith”_ In the last analysis magic, (the last recourse of a vanquished race), theology and science are nothing but structural belief systems. 

As science succeeded it’s predecessors, so it maybe itself succeed by a more perfect hypotheses._ A more perfect structural belief system that betters aids its practitioners attain their goals. The point is there is more than one way to see things, more than one way to understand things and these differing structural belief systems reach the same valid conclusions.

[1]Sir James George Frazer, The Golden Bough 1922
[2]Bronislaw Malinowski, Magic, Science, & Religion and Other Essays, Double Day 1948
[3] Eliott
[4]Sir James George Frazer, The Golden Bough 1922
[5] Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary
[6] The Non Pareto Principle; Mea Culpa J.M. Juran
[7] Gaia was the primordial goddess of the earth according to the ancient Greeks.
[8] James Lovelock, taken from The Ages of Gaia
[9] Social Theory and Social Structure, Merton, 1957
  [10] The Elements of Logic, Barker
[11] Hamlet; Prince of Denmark, Act III, Scene IV, Line 180
(12] How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie, Pocket Books, New York Feb. 1957 Page195
[13] Proverbs 23:7
(14] Pygmalion in the Classroom: Teacher Expectation and Pupils' Intellectual Development (1968; expanded edition 1992),
[15] Apollodorus. Apollodorus, The Library, with an English Translation by Sir James George Fraizer

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