This is a hard thing for some to hear, but science operates as magic for most of us. Most of us don’t really know how things like electricity, copy machines, computers, medicine, and rising-crust pizza actually work. We’re just told that scientists worked it out and we believe it because that stuff works. I open up my laptop and it lights up (I’m talking about my portable computer, sickos). But Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law still holds true: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
I’ve heard this for decades, and used it many times myself, but I don’t really believe it.
You see, Clark was using “magic” as a synonym for “impenetrable,” when, in truth, perceiving something as magic is a function of the observer, not the observed.
Magic is irrational, unprovable, and has never actually been demonstrated – ever. Magic, in other words, does not exist. If I see something happen that I don’t understand, I don’t assume that it is caused by unicorn farts, pixie dust, big sky gods, or sorcerors. I assume that it is a natural process I don’t understand – yet.
So, no, I don’t buy into the notion that something real is indistinguishable from something that does not, and cannot, exist.