posted on Jan, 13 2005 @ 10:20 AM
I get the feeling that most people here don't really understand what real "science" is.
Science is not a bunch of guys in white coats standing in a lab full or weird machinery or glassware, although you might see a scientist in
Science is not a guy with a PhD writing incomprehensible runes on a white-board, although you might see a scientist in that environment, too.
But science isn't really any of those things.
Science is a way of thinking about things; it's a way at looking at the Universe.
Science is an approach that attempts to understand the way things are by looking around and noticing things, then coming up with an idea that this
particular thing is caused by that particular thing, and then trying that particular thing, over and over, to make sure that it
is the cause of this thing. It also means telling all your friends about your idea and have them try it, too, to make sure they all get the
same answers you do.
If they don't, then you need to change your idea, from "this causes that" to "this doesn't always cause
that, unless something else, which means that..."
If your initial idea (which is called a 'hypothesis') seems to work all the time, no matter who tries it, then it becomes a
'theory', and you can use it to predict stuff, which means you can say, "If I were to do this, then I know that that will happen,
because it always has so far, and the reason it happens this way is because so-and-so."
(1) Make an observation of something happening.
(2) Figure out a reason for why it happens.
(3) Tell all your friends about your reason and have them check it out over and over and over.
(4) If your reason doesn't work, then you tell all your friends that, too, and you come up with another reason -- either a completely
different reason, or a modification of the original one.
(5) Go back to item (3).
(6) Once your reason is checked out, it can be used to predict how things will work.
(7) If the predictions don't work, then you tell all your friends that, too, and you come up with another prediction -- either a completely
different prediction, or a modification of the original one.
(8) Go back to item (3).
Now magic is a completely different way of looking at things!
If you come up with an idea for the way something happens and you try it and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, then you accept that as the
truth and you blow off all the cases where it didn't work.
You sometimes tell your friends (if you want to sell them a book or something) but usually you keep it a secret.
If they do try your idea and it doesn't work for them, you say that the idea is still a good one, they just weren't holding their elbow right, or it
was the wrong phase of the moon, or they simply didn't believe, or it was the "chem-trails", or something.
In other words, magic is the completely opposite way of looking at things from the way science does.
If you use pretend-science words, like "magic is energy" or "anomalous paradigm shifts" or what-have-you, that does not make it
science, because science is a way of thinking and you are thinking a different way.
Saying that "magic is mis-labeled science" is like saying that "white is"white is mis-labeled black".
[edit on 13-1-2005 by Off_The_Street]