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Science and the Art of Ignorance

witches blog magicWe love science.  No, we really do.  After all, science is only knowledge, and knowledge is the basis of Witchcraft.  Logically, therefore, Witchcraft is science.

In an old Tom Baker episode of Doctor Who that I unearthed recently, the Doctor said something to the effect of not believing in majick because everything was explainable to a certain degree.  And indeed it is.

The problem, you see, is not in the knowing but in the understanding.  When you are growing up, you are taught things at school or wherever, but you only understand the importance of those things when you have fully internalised them and put them together with other things.  Even then, without the sort of mental jiggery-pokery that goes on inside an enquiring mind, you might still not fully understand them to the point of wisdom - and it's that wisdom which is important for the majick to happen.

Science is about knowledge - but that knowledge doesn't necessarily translate to wisdom.  Indeed, there are many scientists whose knowledge is really ignorance dressed up as some sort of bravado.  When a scientist says "we know", just as when he says "I believe", that's a sure sign that he hasn't the humility necessary for scientific enquiry.  Of course, we all "know" certain things - but that knowledge has to be tempered with the possibility that it is, in some respects, wrong.  We can, for example, say two plus two equals four: but is it?  It can just as easily equal five: for instance, if you add 2.4 and 2.3, you get 4.7.  Now, 2.4 and 2.3 rounded to the nearest integer both equal two, and 4.7 rounded equals 5.  Therefore, two plus two equals five.  Accuracy is the key - and absolute accuracy is a rare thing in mathematics, if it is achievable at all.

Science is about observation, and testable hypotheses.  But there are some things that can't be tested - and many scientists who say that such things can't, therefore, exist.  I won't name names, but they know who they are, and they spout arrant nonsense with immunity.  That immunity is dangerous because, if they are taken seriously enough to seize the wheels of power, such practices as ours are in grave danger.  Yes of course there are charlatans who endanger the lives of others by fraudulent abuse of supposed power, and we are as against these as any right-thinking person.  But to throw the baby out with the bathwater just will not do either.  To extend that logic, should we ban cars because some people are known to have died by them?  Should we ban animals because some have been known to kill?

Indeed, should we ban all humans because they kill?  Hang on, the United Nations is already trying to do that under the guise of climate-change induced world government...