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We Don’t Know Why

By Hrafn

Every so often in various Pagan and magical communities I’ll see someone attempt to explain or rationalize their experiences with identity or magic in scientific terms. They’ll talk grandly about M-Theory or many-worlds interpretations of quantum as if they hold explanatory value for magical practitioners or talk about anecdotes not in terms of personal meaning but in terms of scientific weight. One person even said that their experiences journeying constituted not only evidence for M-theory, but specific interpretations of it.

The challenge is, most of the people who talk M-theory can’t discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the theory (say, as opposed to loop quantum gravity) and cannot do the mathematics which is fundamental to those discussions. Other times they make claims which are not actually feasible under the theory that they are attempting to connect.

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