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     Tuesday, July 08 2008 @ 08:15 PM EDT
    I just came across this article over at io9. Since this seems to be a topic that comes up in relation to Doctor Who I thought I would post the article here for discussion.


    Science Versus Magic -- Is There a Difference in the World of Fiction?


    I personally fall into the camp that is more or less ok with the fantastical/magical elements in sci-fi shows/books. The last quote of the article seems most apt to me. As soon as an author makes it clear that they have veered out of the realm of current human experience (Which Dr. Who most certainly does), then I assume that the science is going to be less fuzzy and CSI-like and will 'work' in a more creative manner.

    I also wonder if this reflects a greater pattern as well. In the post-modern world, more people have been able to hold seemingly contradictory worldviews that intertwine the supernatural and the natural in ways that were not as acceptable in the past. Be it Faith and Science or Astronomy and Astrology or various other combinations, many people are ok with the tensions. (To be sure, especially in the faith and science world, many people also see these as mutually exclusive worldviews)

    Anyway, I just thought I would throw this out there to see what anyone else thought about how this works out in the books/shows/films you enjoy.

    Peace

    Richie

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     Tuesday, July 08 2008 @ 09:54 PM EDT
    If you look at the stories "The Image of the Fendahl" and "The Deamons" the two were the essentially the same.

    "Make your last move, Doctor. Make your LAST move." The Celestial Toymaker to the Doctor in "The Celestial Toymaker: The Final Test"
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     Wednesday, July 09 2008 @ 04:38 AM EDT
    Interestingly in the Daemons there is a theme running through it that the Doctor does not believe in magic or superstitious belief's. In fact he his mostly aghast that anyone can still believe in such things. I agree with him but that's a whole other debate.

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