A writer on magic and being special

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Jonathan Townsend
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A writer on magic and being special

Postby Jonathan Townsend » May 6th, 2021, 9:53 am

Some words from a writer about the notion of magic and its relationship to the practical:
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/30/podc ... cript.html

Magic as means versus what magic means :)

Of course it's okay to go out and prank, use magic in place of short stories/jokes at parties, ... set students on merry chases/scavenger hunts - shaggy dog stories - and institutional fictions.

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Re: A writer on magic and being special

Postby Edward Pungot » May 12th, 2021, 5:49 pm

"The Evolution of Human Science"
or
"Catching Crumbs from the Table"
Ted Chiang. Nature, 2000.
https://www.nature.com/articles/35014679

"What's Expected of Us"
Ted Chiang. Nature, 2005.
https://www.nature.com/articles/436150a

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Re: A writer on magic and being special

Postby Anthony Vinson » May 13th, 2021, 3:05 pm

Edward Pungot wrote:"The Evolution of Human Science"
or
"Catching Crumbs from the Table"
Ted Chiang. Nature, 2000.
https://www.nature.com/articles/35014679

"What's Expected of Us"
Ted Chiang. Nature, 2005.
https://www.nature.com/articles/436150a


I LOVE Ted Chiang's writing, as well as the way he thinks. That second linked article, What's Expected of Us", is outstanding! Oh, and he's right, you know...

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Re: A writer on magic and being special

Postby Edward Pungot » May 13th, 2021, 4:56 pm

SPOILER ALERT: Richard K.'s doppelgänger makes a cameo in the movie Arrival. Sci-fi doesn't get any weirder than that.

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Re: A writer on magic and being special

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 13th, 2021, 9:00 pm

Am I the Cthulu behind the glass?
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Re: A writer on magic and being special

Postby Jonathan Townsend » May 14th, 2021, 11:28 am

If you're looking for insight into magic from a writer's perspective - they seem to like this line from Bagehot "... is to be reverenced, and if you begin to poke about it you cannot reverence it…Its mystery is its life. We must not let in daylight upon magic."
Ted Chiang's comment about being special finds a place in this longer discussion... we ordinarily play at parody of such claims of 'special'.


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