Okay, I have to admit that I am very tired at the moment. I’m at the NECCT Conference in Connecticut this weekend and it was a fairly long drive. So, I’m going to keep this fairly short and simple today. Richard Cavendish, a historian who was fascinated by the occult, defined magic as the magician’s attempt to impose his will upon the world through the use of supernatural forces. Some would argue that science functions on a similar principle: that science is the scientists attempt to impose his will upon the world through the use of natural forces. Many have also argued that the sciences had their beginning in occult studies (i.e. that chemistry is related to alchemy, that astronomy is related to astrology, etc). Regardless of whether they are true, these claims are relatively common. So, here is my question to you today: what is the relationship between science and magic? Is magic simply science that we don’t understand? Are science and magic seeking to achieve the same fundamental goal (control) through different means? Is magic the predecessor of science? Is science the scion of magic, its usurper… it’s conqueror?
As always, you have 1000 words in which to answer this question. Write me a story that presents and defends your position, and have fun with it.