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Posted by porknbeans on 2006.07.24 at 20:13
My husband and I got into a discussion about magic. He is a pragmatic person, and has trouble believing that, as he put it, "a series of actions (ie casting a spell) that you do can affect the way someone else acts, without any further interaction with that person". It must be said - he believes in the energy of the earth, of crystals, of the universe in general, he also believes that what you put out you get back, but he is not convinced a spell can be cast to manipulate those energies.

So I got to thinking about magic, the placebo effect, magical vs mundane actions, etc. And actually one question he posed really made me think: if you cast a friendship spell on someone, then backed it up with the mundane action of blowing spitballs at someone in class the next day, will she be your friend? Why or why not?

I'm unchanged in my view; that magic exists, that we can manipulate energy in the universe (as he put it).



vigdisdotter at 2006-07-25 05:01 (UTC) (Link)
I'm acutely reading an interesting book on the science of magick. It should be taken with a grain of salt as some of the arguments are a little sloppy and not well formed, but it does have some interesting points it makes based on the current understanding of quantum physics.

It's called The Veil's Edge and is by Willow Polson.
the traveller
porknbeans at 2006-07-25 05:20 (UTC) (Link)

Quantum physics can explain homeopathy, something that sounds completely whack. :-)
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