The History of Muggle Magic: How Science And Mathematics Encourage A Magical Perspective

This is the hardest part for some people to overcome when they take the History of Muggle Magic. Science is just so reasonable. Why do we have to go out on the fringe and accept magical perspectives? You might be suprised to learn that knowledge from the realm of mathematics and science does suggest a magical perspective is warranted. In addition, that knowledge is not fringe.

Since it is the most difficult hurdle for many people, it's also the reason why we cover the core principles of magic throughout history before we do anything else. Understanding something at it's fundamental level gives you the ability to unconsciously recognize it when you see it. The goal today is to take what you have learned thus far in HoMM about magic and see the elements of science that are validating that perspective.

How does science demonstrate magical reality? Let's take a look.

As Above, So Below

There are principles that exist throughout magic of all disciplines. They are so ubiquitous that they funciton as a much better defining characterstic of what magic is then some of the definitions that float around today. Princples as basic as the scientific method. If someone came to you with new scientific proofs and then revealed they do not practice nor condone the scientific method, you would deduce that they are not practicing science. That's how central the process of asking questions, forming hypotheses, making predictions, testing, and analyzing is to science. In fact, the converse would also be true. If you came across a person who was practicing the scientific method and producing experiments but didn't call themselves a scientist, you would likely disagree. Anyone can self identify how they want, so maybe you don't press the issue, but inwardly you would say to yourself based on the evidence that they are practiing some form of science.

One of the principles found repeated in magical circles is the Five Elements; fire, water, air, earth, and spirit/ether/space. It's everywhere, from the ancient, court astrologer John Dee of the 1500s to magical societies like the Rosicrucians today. They all lend their brain power to the five elements and how they are archetypal forces in our lives.

Pertinent to our discussion today is another core principle magic, this one found in the Emerald Tablet of Hermes. This is no ordinary artifact of history. It is one of the most coveted pieces of writing by practicing magicians and alchemists of the middle ages and enlightenment 1). The Emerald Tablet is the smallest of documents, really, only a few hundred words, but by the way the alchemists hoevered over it and obsessed over its small accumulation of words was mighty peculiar. It was believed by the alchemists that the Tablet contained the secret to alchemy, the secret to creating the philosopher's stone. Don't let your mind create an image where only surly old men are studying this text with potions brewing in the foreground. None other that Isaac Newton himself devoted most of his adult life to uncovering the secret of alchemy 2). Newton was an enigma in that his *side activities* in science still profoundly effect us today. His side activities, or the things he did in his free time. Doesn't anyone want to know what the Master was doing with his first attention? They were keenly focused on the magical perspective.

The tablet, known as the Smaragdine Table, has never been seen in modern history, which is a convenient place for materialists to state that it doesn't exist. However, we have numerous people referencing the tablet. Not only that, but the words and phrases they are referencing are consistent. This means that if there wasn't an actual tablet, someone created a fake tablet and passed around a manuscript. Whether this is a historical scam with important knowledge or an actual artifact of history with important knowledge is not very relevent to our discussion. The very few words in the Emerald Tablet have been ever present in the magical tradition, most notably thus:

“That which is below is like that which is above & that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing And as all things have been & arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation” 3) The first sentence has been immortalized by the phrase “As Above, So Below”. As it is in the heaven above us, so it is on the Earth below. What this meant for magically minded folks is that the universe was one giant, living yin/yang symbol. Yang, representing the masculine, representing the all powerful and all mighty heavenly sky and stars above us. Yin, representing the receptacle for life, earth, below us. The true beauty of a yin/yang symbol is to recognize the fact that within the black side there is a smaller circle of white. Within the large white side, there is a smaller circle of black. What this shows is that the yin/yang symbol is actually a mirror. When you have a mirror, there is only one thing going on, the other is merely a reflection of itself. We see this incorporated to the end of the first sentence quoted here, where Newton writes that the above and the below work in harmony to do the miracle of One thing.

And isn't that all a yin/yang symbol really is? It's simply one circle. Yes, you can look within and see divisions of light and dark. but within that duality is further connection to oneness; look at the symbol again. Within each duality is another smaller circle. More oneness. This is what we hear from spiritual types when they talk about the world is one. There is a breakdown of duality and a merging into one thing.

So the magically minded folks see things happening in the stars and they never believe it is a coincedence. When something is happening in the macrocosm, out in the stars and the larger universe, there is some sort of reflection down to us. It is the basis for their spiritual science of astrology. It is the reason they attach such significance to the precession of the equinoxes and the Earth's 26,000 year wobble. There are cycles within cycles, black within white and white within black. But it is all one. Just as they can look up and see one, so can the magical thinker look down and see one. When a magically minded person looks down into the microscope, what they see is not just what they see. They are seeing reality at a new level, from a different light, and that truth that they have witnessed can reflect back into their larger world with some magical meaning. Up, down, within, without, wherever a magical person is looking, they are keeping this principle in mind.

Magical Principles Find Their Way Into Science

This philosophy of two within one (and one within the two) has an interesting connection to science. In a story we will investigate much more thoroughly on a different day, there was a spiritual organization who carried a lofty eschatology. This organization, called the Order of the Star, was predicting that the future of humanity was unification, and that there would be a world teacher to bring us all together 4). Using natal charts, astrological maps, numerology, and intuition, the Order determined that a young boy was going to fulfill the prophecy and become the world teacher. It is quite similar to the beginning of the Harry Potter story. Except in this story, Jiddu Krishnamurti is his name and he doesn't have a horrible upbringing. Indeed, he is groomed from the start to be a world teacher. He is given a special spiritual education and there are high hopes that this man, Krishnamurti, will lead the world to a New Age.

There is a terribly ironic ending to this story. Astonishingly, Jiddu Krishnamurti does become a world teacher. Their prophecy was “right”! People will say it was the environment he was in, and no doubt that influenced his life path. But we all are a mixture of environment and self input, and anyone on a path they do not like can and will do something else. But Krishnamurti ends up being a world teacher, literally, as in he travels the world to give his thoughts about the nature of existence, the nature of consciousness, and these sort of deep lectures to interested folks. The tragic part (for the magical order) was that Krishnamurti believed that truth held no boundaries, no limitations. When he said that, he meant the Order did not deserve the right to claim that the words coming out of his mouth were the Truth with a capital T and everyone else doesn't have access to it. In a very real sense, he was saying truth was indivisible, it was one thing and not partitionable to a sectarian Order. So he was certainly a magical character in history, there is no doubt about that. But he was dead set against the plan of his handlers, which was to use Krishnamurti as a vehicle for expanding the Order. Recognizing this, Krishnamurti simultaneously accepted his role as a world teacher and as the Order's world teacher, he promptly dissolved the Order. Chaos insued and thus began the peculiar life of Krishnamurti. Along the way, Krishnamurti struck up a rather unusual friendship with physicist David Bohm, and here is where science enters the mix.

David Bohm

David Bohm was a physicist who independently began to wonder if the brain operated more in a holographic fashion than not. But what is a hologram?

A hologram is something we have devised using laser technology that forms a 3 dimensional image of an object. Essentially, it takes the light of a laser beam and splits it into two laser beams. One beam is is going to be the beam that hits the object we want to record. the laser beam hits the object and light scatters from that interaction and is captured on a holographic screen. Then you redirect the reference beam at the same screen. The interaction of the reference beam and the beam that hit the object in question does not create a 2 dimensional ojbect but a 3 dimensional one 5). It is a bizarre and seeming random discovery (who would think do try that?), but the results show a possible future technology where we can leave the 2D screens in the 20th century.

There was an essential quality to these holograms, and that was you could take the holographic image and split it right in half. Instead of having two halves of your object, your object magically become two wholes, just slightly smaller. In fact, you could cut up holograms as much as you wanted to, and you will never get fractions of an object, only more wholes. The realization that comes from this knowledge is that in a hologram, the whole object is contained within every part of the hologram.

There are some physicists and brain scientists who think the brain acts like a hologram. To begin with, when we look at patients who have had portions of their brain removed, they lead nearly normal intellectual lives( If an entire hemisphere of the brain is removed, the opposite side of the body loses some functions, like the opposite arm and opposite eye. But intellectually speaking, they are all there. Their personality their memories, it is all there. And science describes sections of the brain where function normally occurs, but it isn't static. The brain can move the function if a certain part of the brain is damaged or removed. So there is this non locality to the brain and its function and memories. There is no part to the brain that must hold anything, its within the entire brain.

In case you can't see it here, the very concept of a hologram, of which we couldn't conceive until the 20th century and the advent of laser technology, suggests the phrase as above, so below. There are separate parts that all contain the whole, the one thing. You can never separate the oneness that is with a hologram.

It is not a coincidence that David Bohm became good friends with Krishnamurti, and they discussed for years what it means to be conscious. During all of the time, Bohm was contemplating consciousness and holograms. Bohm recognized the spiritual insight and how it connected to holograms. It's the reason why he was so fascinated with them.

But this is only one aspect. When we consider a hologram and its mathematical cousin, the fractal, we have a potent connection to magical thinking.

Fractal Me In, Fractal Me Out, It's All The Same

A fractal is a mathematical pattern that gives the appearance of self similarity 6). What this means is you can see an overall main image or shape, the one object, recurring over and over, as you look close by or really far away. This is best experienced using technology. Again, this information was not readily available until the beginning of the information age. We needed computers to be able to scale up and down complicated mathematical formula to see the beauty of a fractal. View the scaling effect and to see the main “one object” here 7). Note in the video here that the mandelbrot fractal takes an incredible amount of zooming into the image before you recognize the Mandelbrot “bubble” object. Nevertheless, keep zooming in or out and that image will return.

Better examples exist in nature. Indeed, nature is so rife with fractalated patterns that scientists can't help but draw the conclusion that nature uses fractals as a framework for design. Earthquakes form in fractal patterns. Rivers and their split offs are fractals. The shape of coastlines conform mathematically to a fractal pattern 8).

Take a good look at a romanesco vegetable (a cross between broccoli and cauliflower). The spiral pattern of little cones replicates itself in a fractal pattern 9). You can see it ice crystals, in lightning strikes, in the very way life grows. It's called a fractal and it represents self similarity. Nature seems to be intricately interwined with this principle.

Does one see how this fits into the theory contained in the Emerald Tablet of Hermes? Fractals are patterns, particularly patterns that *life itself* uses to create self similarity. This self similarity is a lot like the hologram. There are all these little parts but they represent one thing, one object.

Indeed, the scaling up and down aspect of fractals makes this connection seem very strong. How can we not make the leap that the planets orbiting space are fractal holograms reflecting down into the atomic level, where electrons orbit “solid” nucleii? And if the universe itself, with us and everything with it, is a fractal, then aren't we all just ONE? This is the message of magical societies and magical teaching for centuries. But we have some modern mathematical and scientific thought that is eerily close to what they were talking about hundreds of years ago. One could take this connection as something to be excited about, or one can take it as loose connections without real meaning.

But wait, there is more.

Magical Apocalypse and Scientific End Game, All Rolled Into One

Everyone knows the gist of the magical Mayans and their calendar prophecy. The Mayans were especially interested in the passage of time and kept numerous calendars to chart their course through history. These calendars represented different cycles that were worth keeping in touch with, particarly the cycles that would be hard to notice in a life span. Recently, our world was ending a 5125 year cycle that was leading to the creation of a new world or a new age.

Less people are aware that this new age was called the fifth sun by the Mayan, which obviously implies 4 ages before it. If we take 5125 years X 5 cycles, we get 25,550 years. Incredibly, this number is very close to the 26,000 year cycle our Earth goes through to wobble on its axis one full turn. That is a slow cycle! We are interpreting here, but the correlation to the Earth's wobble is no coincidence. In the western magical tradition, which developed independently of Mayan magical tradition, has a mythology around the Earth's wobble, and it involves the ending and beginning of twelve 2100 year cycles. Western magic calls it the precession of the equinoxes, and every 2100 years is a walk backwards in the zodiac 10). Each 2100 years represents a world age, not unlike the meaning of the “suns” of the maya. The coincidence of the western magical myth seeing the age of Pisces end in 1987 and the Mayans seeing their fourth sun end in 2012 is rather interesting. We are talking tens of thousands of years here, so for competely different systems to predict milennia style change within 30 years is saying something.

Okay, so the religious and magically minded see the end times. Whoopy do. Science doesn't believe in that woo, right? Wrong. Allow me to introduce you to the technological singularity.

A Singularity In Science Is Congruent With Magical Thinking

Scientists are increasingly jittery about the technological singularity, a moment when a few extraordinary things happen. One of those things is mankind merging so much with AI technoogy that it creates a new kind of man, a transhuman man 11). While this is possible, we know looking into the future involves guesswork, whether your a fortune teller or a scientist. What if man was not to merge with machines proper, but mankind was to be fused to what the machine represents?

The machine represents the sum total of our ability to create non life forms to do work. Increasingly, this work is in the noosphere (a mental space), not in physical reality. This trend will continue until the internet is not just a 2 dimensional screen where you can watch 2d videos, read 2d articles and look at 2d images. An interface will be created so one can view the internet and its contents as a panoramic, 3 dimensional experience replete with sensory equivalents. The work we do on the internet today is bringing us closer to this reality. We create blogs to record our version of history and to share them. we create wikipedias to share information. all of this is happening in a space called the internet. it is mind space, really. And we will realize there is a ton more benefit to work within this mindspace in a fully virtual reality. Think of the internet now as Sega Genesis, and consider what the internet could be if you took the graphics from PS3 and wore googles so the experience was felt all around.

The leap from Sega to PS3 took around 15 years. Now consider that information technology does not grow in a linear sequence. It grows exponentially. So we can anticipate the speed at which we can create increasingly real “virtual” worlds to go faster and faster.

There will come a day when more is happening on the internet, in the virtual reality, then there is in physical reality. That will be when the singularity has fully arrived. Today it has just begun.

Ray Kurzweil is the scientist and inventor most noted for predicting a singularity to occur around 2045 12). Some will jump on the ad hominem train and say he is merely a futurist with a grand imagination. But Ray is no fortune teller, and his predictions are public. He has made a number of predictions with startling accuracy 13).

Scientists say the singularity will be a moment where technological progress will be so great, it will be a turning point in human evolution. Computer will be so smart, they will be replicating themselves. Plus, they will pass on their ability to upgrade themselves so their progeny can continue the path upwards. Computing will be so powerful, man will be compelled to merge his biology with machines. That will most assuredly be a day of reckoning. Could we call that a magical day as well?

The question we want to explore with you is not when, why, and how man will become an android. The more pertinent question to us is how the scientific perspective of a “singularity” could be broadened in a way to represent a magickal singularity as well. What if scientists like Ray Kurzweil are validating what the Mayans and the western magicians have been saying all along?

Let us take a look at how technology is changing us in a way that is leading towards a magickal (or spiritual) renaissance as much as it is leading towards a scientific end game.

First Wikipedia, Then Everything Else

In the first stages of the internet, it was appearing like a novel form of communication but not much else. You could write a letter, or you could send an email, perhaps an AOL message. You could read the newspaper, or you could read news on the internet. You could go to star wars club and chit chat with your friends, but you also could join a stars wars forum and chat there as well.

Then something like wikipedia happened. Within 10 years time, a completely free, open source project became the worlds most in depth encyclopedia freely accessible. Without the constraints of having to stay within the binding of a book, wikipedia took millions of users who wanted to participate and created the go-to information site for basic reality. Maybe not scholarly. but anyone with a question can browse wikipedia for hours. All of the articles are interweaving one another with hyperlinks within hyperlinks. Who hasn't been stuck in that wikipedia hyperlink loop? It's great while its happening but 90 minutes go by and you just realized you have forgotten to blink.

The older generations are accepting the fact that wikipedia has firmly planted its roots into existence. But wikipedia is just ONE idea. Do you know how many revolutionary ideas are in the works since wikipedia?

Wikipedia was quickly banned by teachers for any citations. Thankfully, editors of wikipedia were interested in citations themselves and now almost every other sentence in wikipedia is conveniently cited. So agile learners went to wikipedia and followed wikipedia's citations, they went to the source. The teachers were trying to stop a waking dragon, but their actions only furthered the methods of free learning; always check the source.

While wikipedia took time to be accepted as a useful learning tool (instead of banning it), a ton of other novel programs popped up that made it clear the internet was the new platform for learning. Khan Academy came out on Youtube in the most humble of circumstances. Khan was a computer professional who realized he could probably teach the basics to middle and high school through his webcam. He put his nose to the grindstone and churned out hundreds of 5-20 minute educational videos, and before you know it, millions of people are watching his videos and learning his tricks.

There is Quora 14), which functions like a clean looking yahoo answers and yet it has tons of professionals answering your questions. Nobody trusts the words read on yahoo! answers. But when Quora comes along and encourages transparency in who is answering, we see a wonderful collaborative learning tool taking shape.

There are a number of programs popping up that take the idea of thinking linerally as a problem, so they create software so you can think differently. This author used a website called The Brain 15) to organize his thoughts through a visible thought map that can go in any direction. It is a great tool for getting ideas down that don't necessarily flow linearly in an outline. It is also great for very deep, thorough researchers who might need some help drawing thin connections between disaparate objects. The brain can connect any thought to any other thought and represent it graphically on your computer.

Another thinking tool recently developed is called Meta Maps, which is similar to The Brain software but it is released with a creative commons copyright 16). This is something invented in the time of the internet that allows the owner of the work to retain commercial rights while letting educators and learning remix, edit, and otherwise play with their work so long as they don't attempt to resell it 17). A popular mind mapping tools is called Mind Meister. There are more than just these examples. All of them have private or public options to place on your own content, with the net effect being a unbelievable amount of information is being shared, even with a few keeping their mind maps private.

There are free tutoring sites online. Teachers who have the means are creating their lessons to be captured on video and then allowing anyone to view them, free of charge 18) 19) 20) 21). Sometimes videos of soemone talking can be boring, which is why someone created Prezi and SlideShare, simple tools to put together presentations in a clean manner. Also completely shareable if the user wants them to be.

But if you aren't into free learning, there is learning to be paid for that is well worth the value. Sites like Skillshare 22) create a platform for teachers and students to unite. They can be fully online courses or the creator of the course can simply use the platform for organizing a in person event. They can even make a hybrid course that involves teaching online and eventually meeting in person. Then there Udemy 23), another platform for online courses. Don't know how to create an online course? Never to fear! There is a course for that! All in all, they have 2,000,000 students enrolled in classes and over 4,000 teachers. Remember, I am just giving examples here. This a fraction of what is out there in the realm of online platforms.

Of course if you are making your own class to teach online, holy shit are there a lot of tools recently created for you. If you are taking images from the internet, possibly in a movie or video clip somewhere, you can use Jing to efficiently capture what you want and incorporate it into your teaching seemlessly. If you are creating videos you will use something like Sony Vegas. If you are creating audio you might use Audacity to clean up the audio. Perhaps you are good at telling stories, in which case you would use Voicethread for their story telling platform. Perhaps your pet subject is so detailed you need your own wikipedia for it. You can use wikispaces and get started today.

How could we forget apps? There are an absurd amount of apps that lend themselves to the field of education. But their are apps generated with education in mind, like the Explain Everything app, which acts as a digital whiteboard. Teachings can be saved for others to view. There is the app called Coursmos, which takes an apparent negative characteristic of today's generation, i.e. their short attention span, and creates a platform where micro lessons can be displayed to anyone who has the app. The information is freely available. People can request micro courses and a teacher can respond by making the course! There is a program called Nearpod which allows seemless digital transmission of information from a teacher to a student's computer or tablet. The teacher can send materials that are revelant to the day's topics and they can be directly sent to the student. Students can send things back to the teacher. Whether the sendback is a supplement to what the teacher said or as a rebuff of the information, that is up to the student. Perhaps you get some students who want to practice teaching things that they learn. You could use Educreations, where it helps students do just that, even by creating videos. Or if you are of the unschooling or free shcooling type, there is no shortage of games that claim to teach you something while you are having fun. Try Kerproof or Carrotsticks, but know that there are many, many more.

Let Us Never Forget That Learning Occurs Outside Official Channels

This author personally believes that learning can take place anytime, anywhere, and the setting does not need titles such as “classroom” or “textbook”. The app that impresses the most for learning potential is SkySafari 3. On an ipad, you can have this app that maps the stars. You point the app into the sky and you can ZOOM thousands of times closer to anywhere you want. Press your finger on a star and an info blurb will pop up, telling you everything you want to know about that star/galaxy/planet you just clicked on. All of the constellations are there, so you can go out on a clear night and fight all the constellations that were too difficult to remember. Then you can learn which stars make up that constellation. This author has never had so much fun with an app and finds apps like these to be better than your typical “teach me something” apps. This is like a telescope and a team of astronomers all rolled into one.

Education is so much more accessible than it was before the dawn of the internet. Heck, even straight up awesomely fun games can beat the best of textbooks. What, don't believe me? Take Europa Universalis IV. Here is a game that allows you pick a country to control over a 4 century span (1444-1821) in Europe and the “new world”. The entire setting of the game is factual history about each country and what they were doing. You get to jump into a country and begin influencing history as it evolves. You can even take history off of the real timeline and take it onto your own timeline, if you can obtain enough control during your reign. Careful, it is not as easy as having the strongest military and crushing on a regular basis. You have to consider economic factors, the social health of your people, your religion and the potential religions of your enemies, to name a few. Show too much dominance and an alliance of countries may spring up to attack you! If there ever was a history class that allowed you to hop in the driver's seat, the textbooks books companies would go out of business within a decade or two. We might be in that first decade. And once again, this is not the only video game that makes its environment like a living textbook. The first that this author can recall was a video game called The Getaway, a first person shooter that took place in London. The game's entire design was meticulously arranged around an accurate map of London. We played the game for fun, but the future beckons where video games will be the best introduction to mega city layouts, a job interview, well just about anything. This is all coming at us faster than we realize.

All of this falls under the realm of education. If you didn't know what some of those tools where, you head is probaly spinning like a dradle right now. If you did know what all of those tools were, then you are making the connection now of how revolutionary the internet is. It is a platform whereby once something succeeds, for example wikipedia, it can inspire one thousand spin offs. Wikipedia was a massive sensation and it was only one tool. Imagine what happens when we encourage people in use 10 new tools? Not only use 10 new tools, but integrate the tools into their daily living so they change it for the better?The landscape for education has changed forever.

This is what we are talking about when we say the realm of science is proving the magical perspective that a new world is upon us. There is so much change bottled into the technology that is budding out of the internet, we can only expect a total and complete revamping of the way we view education. And don't get me started on other subjects. There are many other ways in which platforms are being made on the internet that revolutionize things in real life, much more than just education. Politics, news, friendships, relationships, and creative collaboration are all set for revolution because of the internet and what it allows to happen. Once this revolution really gets rolling, the singularity will be underway. It doesn't matter if you view it from a magical place or a scientific place, it is happening.

We can see how this advance of technology is facilitating learning and new tools for learning at an impressive rate. What we aren't seeing is the bigger picture. Yes, maybe you have a twitter account and a tumblr for funny cat pictures. That may seem inconsequential now, but a smaller percentage of people have very interesting and useful media that they are creating. Some people have a wordpress blog, maintain multiple Brains via The Brain software, participate on Quora, edit speciality wikis, and write for devtome. This kind of a profile highlights not a waste of social space, but the beginnings of an open sourced humanity. Learning will be free and transparent, and everyone will want to know what kind of projects you are working on, because everyone will be proud to work on the Great Work that is the internet, the unifier of humanity. The future suggests we will have people working on massively multicreator projects, small educational works and free tutoring, and working on ongoing problems that haven't been solved yet. Speaking of which, Nature the scientific journal sponsors a bounty system where unsolved scientific dilemmas are posted as a problem to be solved by anyone who wants to make a little cash. See, I can't even complete a sentence without referencing new technology that changes how we get things done!

There is a creative mindfuck coming to humanity, and their is something spiritual, shall we say, in the process of empowering yourself. That is what all of this is leading towards, humans who participate on the global interconnected level will be using all of these tools and many more to come. Initially, we were all simpleton students of yesteryear, who required teaching from a teacher and a textbook to tell them what happened and what to do. After the singularity, including the lead up to it, we will be infinitely more empowered as human beings. And that feeling of taking on the power of self education, taking on the power of collectively helping the human race, well if you don't call that a spiritual feeling perhaps it can be a transcendental feeling. You will feel powerful in a way that you can't really describe, like a person who is a member of a 7 billion person team and still feels incredibly significant.

That is what the future holds if the trends continue with technology advancement. Science predicts a moment where AI can think like humans, but this is beside the point. In the lead up to that moment, human beings by the hundreds of millions will be confronted with the choice to live an apathetic, basic lifestye that does not effect reality or improve much upon it. Or they can chose to be a world learner, interacting on a global scale, teaching on a global scale, and solving problems on a global scale. The feeling of stepping into that role, that is the magic that people were predicting for the Mayan prophecy. The technology, the gadgets, and the robot friends that will greet us when this all happens, that is what the scientific singularity describes, but the reality is they are describing the same thing from different perspectives.

It makes the Mayan prediction and the western astrological prediction (of the Age of Aquarius transition) so amazing if the singularity does occur. Perhaps they didn't pick the date perfectly, but to be able to guess with a few decades when humanity would be completely revolutionized, in a way it has never been before? And then to have old faithful, science to come in and validate what was being said. Incredible, there are no words to describe it.

Well, there are a few words that fit well. “That is so fucking magical” comes to mind.

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