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Magical Efficacy: The Economic Problem

(Or: Why Can’t I Sell This Sh*t?)

By Fire Lyte

Now that Pagans have had a number of years to be out of the broom closet and begin weighing things like magic against science, a conundrum has been brought up by – of all places – a comic strip. XKCD – a totally geektastic webcomic – recently did a piece on how, if various metaphysical phenomenon were real, then big businesses would be using them to either turn a bigger profit or reduce customer cost.

The examples given are:

— If dowsing or remote viewing were real, then oil companies would use it to find even more oil wells and make a killing in profits.
— If auras, homeopathy, or remote prayer were real, then health care costs could be reduced.
— If astrology or tarot were real (assumed to read ‘accurate’), then financial/business planning would be assured.
— If crystals really had energy, then they could be used as a source of energy akin to batteries or an engine.
— If curses and hexes were real, then the military would make use of them against our enemies.

Now, I’d like to first off say that I think this list has a very good point. Basically put, if magic is so real and so effective, then why doesn’t everybody use it? Why wouldn’t businesses light a green candle or go dowse for oil or speak in Latin around some ancient books if it meant they would be incalculably wealthier? Well, this speaks to my innate skepticism. These are the same kinds of arguments I used against the Law of Attraction. If it is a ‘law’, then it should work every time. If magic is truly ‘magical,’ then you should be able to ‘Alohomora’ your way out of any locked door. (My apologies to those that are not Harry Potter fans.)

Read the original article at: Inciting a Riot

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