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Yes, but what if

justbennett
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Aug 6 2012, 9:06pm


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I think I see the distinction you make. Basically, the scientific method has allowed us to predict the behavior of technology even before we create it to a degree unimaginable in the rest of history. But imagine a few thousand years from now after our society fails and we loose most of our knowledge to the swine flu or nuclear war or whatever. What if only legends of our time survive and little or none of the technical know how? Wouldn't the internet and spacecraft sound pretty magical without the underlying basic understanding of how those things worked? Imagine explaining mobile phones to someone who lived 300 years ago.

"I come from a place where everyone carries a small device that lets them instantly send messages, images and even speech to anyone else with one of these devices." For someone who doesn't know about computers, electromagnetism, plastics, batteries, satellites, etc. you might as well be describing a crystal ball that speaks to the dead. I'm not saying that Tolkien specifically meant magic to be synonymous to technology, but I like trying to think of it that way.

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Tolkien and technology: fall, mortality, and the machine News from Bree Send a private message to News from Bree Jul 29 2012, 7:45pm
    Nice little article but a little light on SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Jul 30 2012, 1:35am
        If you (or others) haven't already read it.... Tweezers of Thu Send a private message to Tweezers of Thu Jul 30 2012, 12:52pm
        Nice to see, though Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Jul 30 2012, 2:13pm
            A very good point SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Jul 30 2012, 5:11pm
    There is good technology in Tolkien's world. Curious Send a private message to Curious Jul 30 2012, 3:25pm
        Speed up the belt, Sam, speed up the belt! squire Send a private message to squire Jul 30 2012, 5:33pm
            Tolkien talks about mass production in On Fairy Stories, under Escape. Curious Send a private message to Curious Jul 30 2012, 8:33pm
            I'm having trouble with the edit function, so let me add here Curious Send a private message to Curious Jul 30 2012, 8:43pm
            Interesting Reaction justbennett Send a private message to justbennett Aug 1 2012, 5:50am
                I agree about the parallels squire Send a private message to squire Aug 1 2012, 11:57am
                    Yes, but what if justbennett Send a private message to justbennett Aug 6 2012, 9:06pm
    Evidence that Technology and Magic are not inherently in opposition Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jul 30 2012, 5:27pm

 
 
 

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