09-23 Getting to Know Leah Hammond, author of RISKY LIES

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Do You Believe in Magic?

By Robin Weaver

If you’re geekishly inclined (like moi), you might want to pause before you respond with a resounding “NO.” While we hardcore logical types tend to mistrust anything we can’t reduce to an equation, I ask you to consider the following:

Soundwaves: Most of us have some understanding of the principles of sound. We agree our cellphones can transmit data, voice and images across the country because of science. But exactly why do soundwaves (radio waves,  microwaves, etc., etc.) exist? Why do they work the way they do? One could successfully argue that the existence of this phenomenon is, in itself, magical.

The Reproductive Process: An egg is fertilized, cells start to divide and grow. For humans, a new member of our species is delivered nine-plus months later.  Pure science, right? But exactly what drives that cell to divide? For that matter, what drives mankind to reproduce in the first place? We call it the “miracle of birth” for a reason.

Our Habitable Planet: We can explain, in scientific terms, what makes life possible on Earth, but think about the exact combination of factors that must exist for humanoid life:

            **  We must be the right distance from the sun.
            **  A magnet field is required to protect us from deadly radiation.
            **  Water (and carbon, and a host of other stuff) must be in plentiful supply.
            ** An atmosphere is essential.
            ** We need rock; not to mention our planet must be the right size, with a molten core, and tectonic plates.
            ** A moon, rotating at the appropriate distance from the planet.  The big, shiny object in the night sky is directly responsible for the Earth's orbital tilt angle, and thus responsible for our climate and tides.  Without the Moon, Earth would wander in response to the gravitational pulls of the sun and Jupiter. Translation, no more life as we know it. In other words, we’d be Mars.
            **  Etc., etc., etc. While all the reasons for our planet’s habitability can be explained scientifically, the combination of unique factors that must coexist to constitute our living planet is mind-boggling. Perhaps our uniqueness is the reason we’ve found no other signs of humanoid life in this vast universe.
 Falling in Love: Enough said. defines magic as:
“the art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation or various other techniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature.” If you substitute “invention” or “industry” for the word “incantation,” isn’t this also a definition for science?


Judith Ashley said...

Interesting post, Robin. I'm using sacred geometry in my current novel and the ancients would agree that there is something sacred (magical) in our habitable planet.

Tracy Brody said...

I think science can be as mysterious as magic. I may not understand how it works, but some things you have to take on faith because trying to figure it out makes my head hurt.

Vonda Lee said...

I dont believe in Magic and I dont believe in Love.....enough said! Good read though.....

Diana McCollum said...

Interesting blog post! I am always amazed at the idea of egg and sperm and nine months later a baby! How awesome is that? Magic in everyday life is all around us. Thanks for a good post!

Camille said...

Great post, as usual! Although I DO have faith, to me magic is science not yet discovered or explained....Glad someones reading my mind and could put my jumbled thoughts into words! Very interesting to read! :)

Maggie Lynch said...

I love a woman who makes me think. Good post, Robin. TO me magic occurs when something appears that is more than the sum of it's parts. Somewhat like Camille, I often think magic is that which we cannot explain. Will we ever be able to explain everything and then would their be no more magic? I hope that never occurs.

Linda Lovely said...

Another great post that makes me think.