Quotes: Magic Versus Science
The serious magical endeavor and the serious scientific endeavor are twins: one was sickly and died, the other was strong and throve. But they are twins. They were born of the same impulse. ...
There is something which unites magic and applied science while separating both from the "wisdom" of the earlier ages. For the wise men of old, the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline, and virtue. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men: the solution is a technique; and both, in the practice of this technique, are ready to do things hitherto regarded as disgusting and impious.
"With magic, you can turn a frog into a prince. With science, you can turn a frog into a Ph.D and you still have the frog you started with."
Dr. Venture: Either way I'm just not impressed with your tricks.
Dr. Orpheus: Tricks?! How dare you! With just a thought I could rise into the air!
Dr. Venture: Or you could put on these anti-gravity boots.
I could incinerate this entire lab! Make you believe that you are a very special episode of Blossom
! And shoot lightning from my hands!!
Ooohh. Laser ray, mind-control helmet, Tesla coil. Anything else?
"This one is machine and nerve
And has its mind concluded.
This one is but flesh and faith
And is the more deluded."
"Save legends for literature class, Llamaviva. In science class, we work with facts"
"How can you destroy scientific achievements with chanting?!"
"Science is a way of talking about the universe in words that bind it to a common reality. Magic is a method of talking to the universe in words that it cannot ignore. The two are rarely compatible."