Which of these is 'magic'?

Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by JimBowie1958, May 24, 2012.

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Were either of both of my examples 'magic'?

Poll closed May 31, 2012.
  1. The use of the spell was magic, the other was not

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  2. The use of the nanobots was magic and the other was not

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  3. Both were magic

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  4. Neither were magic

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  5. Cant wrap my brain around it, sorry

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  1. JimBowie1958
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    If I told you I was a wizard and could poof a BMW auto out of then air, and you would see it quickly assemble itself right before your eyes, and then did so, would that be magic?

    Suppose I said that instead of it being some wizardly spell I cast but I had a set of nanobots given me by space aliens instead and you saw the car assembled by these little nanobots, would that be magic?
     
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    Or if man was "shimmered" into being from a pile of dirt. Now THAT would be "magic".
     
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    No, that would be a poetic reference of our evolution from organic material.

    Now getting a LIBERAL to actually anser a question, THAT would be magic.

    It is interesting that you are the only one who responded though.

    I guess no one so far has any interst in defining what the impact of context is when it comes to interpretting something as magic or not.
     
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    You know, for someone who claims to be educated by the sciences, I would have expected you to realize that the materials, minerals, etc, that make up are body are all found in a pile of dirt.

    I saw a man hold up a jar once full of all the materials that make a human being, excluding water. Guess what. It looks like dirt.

    It's amazing we can identify the exact components of that make up the human body. But no matter how hard we try, we can't put them all together to create life. It's truly fascinating.
     
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    my brain hurts from grammatical issues with the phrased question.
     
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    BTW. I have no clue what magic is. Im sure with a liberal defition of it we could probably widely apply it. What is magic to some might not be magic to others.
     
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    To quote the great writer, Arthur C. Clark, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".
     
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    So far it seems that there is a consensus that magic means 'unknowable cause'?
     
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    I'd say.

    Point please?
     
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    there is?
     

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