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63 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 31 July 2009 04:25AM

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Comment author: ChrisHibbert 01 August 2009 06:00:43PM 3 points [-]

The (narrative) fact that the leaders of this world believe that magic works isn't a convincing argument that magic works. For most of Earth's history, its leaders have believed in various forms of magic. You're still better off believing in natural causality.

Even if it turns out that there is something that looks like magic before you study it, it ought to look like science by the time you're done formalizing it.

Comment author: rkyeun 16 April 2014 04:15:20AM 1 point [-]

When someone summons me from another dimension, they get a little bit of leeway to tell me it's magic. Because at the very least it must be a sufficiently advanced technology, and until I know better the axiom of identity applies.