Harry Potter's Magic
The Potter controversy shows that the struggle between science and magic isn't entirely settled.
11/16/2001 05:12:07 PM
However, as I understand it, the term "magic" is used to refer to a certain set of forces/methods of manipulating forces. To say "science vs magic" is the same kind of mismatch as to say "science vs electromagnetisim", or better yet, "mathematics vs peaches" Yes, yes, I know, it sounds like pointles nitpicking, but, it actually is an issue of understanding what science is. Let me phrase it this way. If magic does exist, and gives repeatable phenomena, then nothing is preventing it from being studied scientificly. If not, then, scientific study can be used to show that it doesn't. My point merely being a clarification of what the term 'science' means.. And yes, I know, I babble a lot. :) (yes, this is also a "rant" of mine.. Help, I'm talking and a can't shut up! :)
11/16/2001 05:08:21 PM
I, actually, question the use of the phrase "science vs magic"... More to the point, I am asserting that it is meaningless, that is, a conceptual mismatch. Science is a term used to refer to methods of systematic observation/expiramentation to learn about our world. (cont)