MAGIC & SCIENCE.
Analyzes differences in world views. Concepts, methods, rationality vs. non-rationality, mysticism.
This paper will discuss the differences that exist between magic and science. Science seeks to rationally explain the forces of nature. By contrast,... more
This paper will discuss the differences that exist between magic and science. Science seeks to rationally explain the forces of nature. By contrast, magic seeks to manipulate nonrational forces in nature. From the start, it can be seen that science and magic are polar opposites, representing the rational world and the non-rational world respectively. In addition, it can be seen that magic is concerned with using the forces of nature whereas science is only concerned with explaining them. Furthermore, "a magician, unlike a scientist, is not concerned to explain his secrets. On the contrary, he wants to preserve them as mysteries" (Cavendish, 1983, p. 1683).
Because of its irrationality, scientists for the most part reject the theories of magic. They dismiss magic as being "a practice of superstition" which is "founded in illusion"