19226RE: [mythsoc] Re: Mystical Realms Newsletter for December, 2007
- Dec 8, 2007John Peterson of the American Chesterton Society writes:
"Arthur C. Clarke: "Laws of "Prediction":
1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something
is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something
is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to
venture a little way past them into the impossible.
3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from
P.S. I don't believe the word "technology" was in Chesterton's active
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf
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Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Re: Mystical Realms Newsletter for December, 2007
Jef Murray wrote:
> W.r.t. your second point, about why an evil spellIn the end, technology of any kind serves to extend human
> would be in a "good" wizard's book, I'm reminded of
> the oft-heard comment that technology is
> neutral...that is, it can be used for good or evil,
> but that it, by itself, is neither (pace, Tolkien!).
faculties in some way (or rather, those of its builders; so far
the human species is the one we know to make extensive and varied
use of technology, though there are tool-using animals). I think
Tolkien would agree that evil resides in the human part of the
> And I expect the same applies to a spellbook (was itNeither; that was Arthur C. Clarke (In fact, that's "Clarke's
> Tolkien, or Chesterton, who claimed that a
> sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable
> from magic?).
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