Quotes: Clarke's Third Law
"There are still isolated tribes in the Amazon, the great heartland of Mother Earth, Stone Age peoples who have been sheltered by millions of square acres of impassible jungle. There have been flyovers of film crews, which surely has caused a great deal of confusion among the tribes. What context do they possibly have for a helicopter or airplane in their conception of the world? These surreptitious flybys must be utterly magical and mysterious. Or more likely, demonic...We breathe the same air these tribes do but we live for all intents and purposes in two entirely separate worlds. But would we- do we- behave any differently when confronted with a bewildering superior technology?"
Snake: I never thought I'd hear that coming from you, Mei Ling.
Mei Ling: Don't you think talking to someone halfway around the world is a kind of magic? Or flying across entire continents?
: No. I think this is completely different.
: It's like magic, but with electricity.
"The word 'technology'... means... 'magic'. It's basically anything that's really cool that you don't know how it works. And if it breaks, you have to buy a new one."
"You know, Merlin, up until this moment, despite Saint Zherneau's journal and the other documents, I haven't really been able to wrap my head around what you mean when you talk about 'advanced technology.' Maybe that's because I haven't really tried to. I've been too concerned, too focused, on just surviving to really try to imagine what the future—or maybe I should say the past—could have been like. I guess the fact that you're alive, and the incredible things I've seen you do, should have given me a clue, but to be honest, I've still thinking of you like
Seijin Kohdy. You're not 'technology,' not something one of Howsmyn's mechanics might've designed or built if they'd only had the right collection of nuts and bolts and the right wrench. You're
magic—any ninny could tell that! But now—"
"The essence of magic is to determine the root cause of all things. There's no distinction between science and magic. The power of magic is like those of science. Meaning, it's at the forefront of the times!"
"If it is distinguishable from magic, it's not advanced enough."
"For values of 'turning you into a Magical Girl' equal to 'you having a costume that protects you and operates on principles most people won't understand, and wielding equipment that few on Earth have ever seen, let alone held,' yes, this will turn you into a magical girl!"
Cell phone. You talk in here and someone far away hears you. No wires. Impossible. Even thirty years ago, this would have belonged in The Library. Three hundred years ago, you would've been burned at the stake for it. Some of the items in The Library violate the known laws of science. But that is only because our brains are so small... we haven't come up with laws... to explain them.
When will Hollywood learn that sometimes keeping a mystery is a good thing? Inevitably when we talk about a reason for immortality is alien technology or a god (or magic which leads to a god). Whether you choose aliens (Highlander 2) or a god/magic (Highlander: The Source) your story is still crap.
Lari: (on seeing a cell phone) "Is that another magical item?"
: Man, technology is incredible... Are you sure you're not magically powered somehow? Yamato
: Well, all sufficiently advanced science is indistinguishable from magic. But no, technically I'm a science chick. Mara
: By that definition everything in you is magic to me. And I can't even comprehend the fact that I'm, technically speaking, in you right now even as I speak to what appears to be all of you... Been a rough few days for my rationale, for sure."