"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
~Arthur C. Clarke
A classic quote from a legendary author.
And it is a quote that I've always loved. But the more I look at it and think about it, I have to wonder if it still applies to our world.
I'm watching the Transformers movie while writing this. Huge robots from outer space coming to Earth. Does anyone think they are magic? Of course not.
"I bought a car. Turned out to be an alien robot. Who knew?", says a nonchalant Sam Witwicky.
More technologically advanced than us? Totally. But magic? Don't be silly! Never even enters anyone's mind.
Now if the Autobots had shown up 500 years ago, I'm pretty sure they would have been seen as demons and anyone who helped them would have been burned as witches.
But I can't imagine today picking "magic" as an explaination for some advanced alien race I have never seen before. I've been exposed to way too much scifi and fantasy in my lifetime (thanks, Mom!) to not have an open mind about anything I might encounter. At least, I hope I would.
Hmm...maybe it would be more interesting to come across something that I can't explain away so easily. Is anybody ... any thing ... out there?
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3/30/2008 10:28:00 PM | Author: Christa