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Any sufficiently advanced technology...

Postby Whitemane » 30 Aug 2013, 12:43

...is indistinguishable from magic (Arthur C. Clarke.)

This is a fascinating story about a Roman-era glass goblet that included what must have been hand-ground gold and silver nanoparticles.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-a ... 63661.html

The colour of the glass can be affected by the liquid in it. So if you read stories about a goblet that could detect poison in a drink, this may be the basis for the story.
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Re: Any sufficiently advanced technology...

Postby Mountainheart » 30 Aug 2013, 14:15

Maybe that's what all magic is - something completely natural which works: but through a mechanism that we don't yet understand.

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Re: Any sufficiently advanced technology...

Postby Dysgwr » 30 Aug 2013, 14:50

Very impressive.

Thanks for sharing
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Re: Any sufficiently advanced technology...

Postby Sciethe » 30 Aug 2013, 15:47

Blimey. Nice find Whitemane. Is this for real? The beardies at the museum haven't gone mad/decided it's April the first?
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Re: Any sufficiently advanced technology...

Postby Whitemane » 30 Aug 2013, 16:05

Blimey. Nice find Whitemane. Is this for real? The beardies at the museum haven't gone mad/decided it's April the first?
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I hope not, I just gave them my credit card number :thinking:

Smithsonian is a great read, and I give out a couple of gift subscriptions.
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Re: Any sufficiently advanced technology...

Postby BlazeLeeDragon » 06 Jan 2014, 12:29

Maybe that's what all magic is - something completely natural which works: but through a mechanism that we don't yet understand.

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David
I think you have something here. However I wouldn't say it is something we dont' have an understanding of, so much as it's not been turned into a science. For I am of a mind that modern science gutted ancient magical practice and left what we call "metaphysics" as it didnt' fit into many of today's sciences.
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Re: Any sufficiently advanced technology...

Postby Mountainheart » 06 Jan 2014, 13:56

Maybe that's what all magic is - something completely natural which works: but through a mechanism that we don't yet understand.

Thx
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I think you have something here. However I wouldn't say it is something we dont' have an understanding of, so much as it's not been turned into a science. For I am of a mind that modern science gutted ancient magical practice and left what we call "metaphysics" as it didnt' fit into many of today's sciences.
That's true: science has it's own paradigm and is structured so that to push against the status quo is likely to result in not being published (and therefore taken seriously) and not being funded.

I'm personally convinced that the power of the human mind to affect the external environment is much greater than it is given credit for. Magic / prayer / intention whatever you want to call it are methods that help us tap into that power. IMO

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