Why Magical Power Should Stay Hidden

Anonymous wrote:

…Do you want your understanding of magic to spread?…

I wrote:

…No. Real magic is much too dangerous for typical humans to possess, so I am content with the powerful stuff not spreading and I am content with people thinking it not real. The stuff I share on my site is general abstractions that are extensions of general engineering concepts and not active magical constructs. Considering it is just a synthesis of what everyone learns in school, it is about as harmful as teaching someone Chemistry. As far as selling things, knowledge has created a class divide that I am not about. My site also provides open-access college textbooks on STEM that fit requirements for their corresponding courses. I also have on there OpenCourseWare lectures from MIT. Philosophically, I dislike the class divide that connecting money to education has created, so I try to make it so that there are free resources out there for people. I make nothing off my site, nor do I want to

Anonymous wrote:

…Where I think your take is lacking, is in the social dimension of what a proof of magic could represent. I think we’re in a place, societally, where a lot of people have defaulted to the belief that better things aren’t possible. Our visions of the future are constrained by what we thought the future would look like in the past. I’m not sure that’s healthy for us as a species when a driven, concerted effort on the scale of millions is necessary to avoid mass human casualties over the next couple of decades. A paradigmatic shift might make people hopeful, and the implications from a proven magical act might be what people need…

I wrote:

Magical power is a lot like money. How much energy and how much money are both scalar values that correspond to the ability to influence a system. Physical energy has a similar relationship to forces as money does to goods and services. How you exchange money for groceries, you exchange energy for the ability to impact a system where how much you groceries you get and how much influence you can have on the system in terms of force, momentum, etc. is determined by how much energy you have or how much money you have. Energy is abstract in ways very similar to a budget. Real magic existing implies the ability to cause a change in something; therefore, it acts as energy and acts as money. So, magical power and money have an abstractly similar relationship, so we can look at how people would use magical power in a manner similar to how people make economic decisions. The whole conservation of energy deal is intuitively approached as an “accounting problem” per Noether’s Theorem.

Empirical studies concerning Game Theory and economics point to a decline in pro-social behaviors and inclinations as correlated with decisions backed by a market. There are tons of studies done on this as of late. In other words, people are likely to behave in similar corrupt ways with magical power and economic power. If we look at this in terms of the niche market of occultism, you will see a lot of occultists behaving unethically or fraudulently for profit. Either, they are selling things that don’t work or they are offering services that do work corruptly. I have no desire to add another level of corruption on top of the heap of corruption we already have. I have my research and have created tons of magical constructs that work; however, they will never see the light of day, a lot of it is locked in a literal vault, and they are to be destroyed when I die. I’ve left explicit instructions to be carried out regarding the handling of my artifacts and research…

Anonymous wrote:

…I suppose I see it like this– the moon landing did a lot for us culturally, and I think that if any person had the ability to pick and choose when the next moon landing style event would be, around now would be a good time. Your argument regarding fraud is compelling, it’s true. I suppose I just consider magic in more technological terms than I do in terms of an economical function. I definitely think there’s a technology in there waiting to be more than another capitalistic exploitation machine…”

I wrote:

A problem is just an abstraction of strings where strings are just things, their relationships, and operations. Technology is an implementation that manipulates problems or solves problems. When you look at complexity classes in technology, you run into the notion of resources. That’s your scalar. That scalar is analogous to energy and money. So, when you view it in the technological sense, you run into the issue of that scalar. You see this explicitly with what is called Complexity Classes. In other words, there would exist a correlation between the scalar of magical power and economic power like there is a correlation in the computing power of a computer and its price…

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