Magic is often seen as a realm of spirituality and an infringement of scientific laws; but what if science tried to make magic real?
These two worlds are habitually regarded as polar opposites; where magic holds sway, science must fail and where science holds sway, magic must fail. This principle thrives on the potential factors that cause segregation between the “science” and “magic” in a work. However, Clarke’s Third Law and The Inverse Law both hypothesize that there really is no difference between the two states except for how they present themselves.
While the research is not conclusive, magic and science share captivating parallels.
Dean Radin, chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Science and professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, notes that “real” magic can be broken down into three categories: divination, the force of will and theurgy. Making the distinction between “real” magic and sensationalized Hollywood fabrication helps us to better connect the evolution of magic into today’s scientific concepts.
During the International Transpersonal Conference in 2017, Radin hinted that “[t]he force of will works in a magical sense because mind manipulates reality from the get-go. Divination works because consciousness and mind are before space-time, in which case if you direct your attention to Pluto a million years ago, it would be just as easy as directing your attention to me right now. And theurgy starts to make more sense, the idea of disembodied spirits that have some kind of intelligence. Physical embodiment would just be one form of the way that consciousness can manifest. So, our brain and body just happen to be the right kind of receiver, or capacity, to express consciousness in a way that we think of as being human.”
Magic in it’s most primitive state entirely centers around advanced scientific knowledge through both supernatural and earthly elements. The only difference between the magical concept versus the scientific concept is popular acceptance of what is “real”. In fact, magic and science are the means to which a man may adjust to the environment around him.
The primitive man takes recourse to magic to use supernatural powers and uses religion also for precisely this purpose. While in civilized societies, such functions are done by science. In primitive societies, many activities connected with agriculture, animal husbandry and fishing require the help of science, religion and even magic.
On which occasion, which of these is used, depends upon the beliefs of the individual. Both magic and science depend upon mechanical activities. But while science is concerned with the natural world, magic is concerned with the supernatural.
In 2010, Darryl Bem submitted 10 years worth of scientific findings and 9 experiments to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology outlining his methodological results confirming the existence of divination. While the scientific community was split between believers and pessimists, Bem was able to provide a replication crisis impacting social sciences, medicine, neuroscience, and chemistry.
Whether you are more scientifically inclined or side with a more supernatural way of life, it is arduous to deny the intricate intertwining between the philosophies. Both magic and science encompass our very beings on a daily basis.