Tuesday, August 21, 2007

speaking of the not so scientific

(At least Dawkins was.)

[Magic is] the theatrical linking of a cause with an effect that has no basis in physical reality, but that -- in our hearts -- ought to.

Teller, of Penn and Teller, defining magic, as reported in Sleights of Mind: Science meets magic, playing on what we think we know in this morning's New York Times.

And if you're into wondering about how situational context teases the mind in magical ways, Who’s Minding the Mind? from a few weeks back (same paper) makes for a great contrapuntal read.

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