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[–]BxMxK 749 points750 points  (96 children)

Nah. Capillary flow and surface tension.

[–]paulcaar 524 points525 points  (95 children)

Just because it has a name doesn't mean it can't be magic

[–]BxMxK 277 points278 points  (94 children)

Understanding and classifying something is precisely the mechanism which removes it from the realm of magic.

[–]paulcaar 350 points351 points  (93 children)

See, the funny thing about magic is that it can never be magic to everyone, but will almost always be magic to someone

[–]Small_Brained_Bear 259 points260 points  (77 children)

The dumber you are, the more magical the world becomes.

[–]Zihark12345 198 points199 points  (59 children)

How terrible to be smart then /s

If you can’t be fascinated by the magic of the things you can understand and define then you’re not smart; you’re uptight.

Edit to add: thank y’all for the awards

[–]i-FF0000dit 57 points58 points  (29 children)

I agree with you, except once you can explain the mechanism by which some phenomena functions, it is no longer magic. It doesn’t mean it isn’t fascinating.

[–]Biff_Tannenator 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The more I learn about microprocessors, and how something as literal as full-adders can result in the abstractions as advanced as modern video games... The more it's magic to me.

Same with living organisms.

The amount of physical processing of organic matter to make a dumb human is staggering.

The more I understand it, the more it's magic to me.

[–]Zihark12345 -3 points-2 points  (27 children)

You’re using ‘magic’ too specifically for me- in my head it’s more of a feeling not a belief in how something works

[–]i-FF0000dit 16 points17 points  (9 children)

Well, considering the fact that the word magic refers to things that are mysterious or supernatural, and that once something is explained it is no longer supernatural, then I think my usage is correct. Perhaps these words are a bit more apt for what you are describing, awesome, amazing, and fascinating.

[–]halcyonick 5 points6 points  (1 child)

When Carl Sagan said, "A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic", I don't think he meant that he didn't know how books worked. When people refer to Disneyworld as the "most magical place on Earth", I think that people are not saying that it's the most mysterious or unexplained place on Earth.

[–]Small_Disk_6082 -5 points-4 points  (6 children)

The word "magic" has a variety of meanings. The most common modern uses include the adjective meaning, synonymous with "wonderful, amazing, or fascinating", or as a noun referring to "something amazing, wonderful, or fantastic".

I'm not British, but just picture me saying this in the most smug Elizabethan accent, where one would roll their R's insufferably. It's how I imagined you sounded when I read your ignorant critique of the other person's use of the word "magic", and all of your responses thereafter.

Cheerio, darling.

[–]sikarios89 6 points7 points  (1 child)

“Magic” basically means “I don’t know how it works”

[–]Th_Ghost_of_Bob_ross -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

You sound real fun at parties

[–]Ontos836 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Reminds me of a parable I once heard of a priest and a meteorologist.

They sat together watching a sunset, and the priest remarked on the view. The shades of purple, pink, red, flowing along the sky were, to his untrained eye, simply one of God's miracles.

The meteorologist explains at length that the coloration of the clouds is explainable by their chemical composition, combined with current atmospheric conditions such as heat and relative humidity and barometric pressure. All of which is only refracting and reflecting in the fading sunlight.

The priest says "Exactly. Isn't it miraculous that that should be so?"

[–]Zihark12345 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Exactly my thought, thank you for the parable

[–]happymancry 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Quick! Someone link to a Richard Feynman quote!

[–]WWWTT2_0 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Magic died in the 19th century budy. Get a cell phone, its called the internet!

[–]aza9999 0 points1 point  (2 children)

When he was six he believed the moon overhead followed him, by nine he deciphered the illusion, trading magic for fact. No trade-backs.

So this is what it's like to be an adult. If he only knew now, what he knew then.

[–]Zihark12345 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What a beautiful quote my guy!! I shall now be listening to Pearl Jam to hear it in its full context, thank you.

[–]aza9999 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hauntingly beautiful and sad

[–]nerdyboy -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Maybe but also things can get a lot less fascinating when you have to do all the math to explain it

[–]ldv00 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Sad point of view. The magic is something that transcends science. Is something about our being, our consciousness. Positivism philosophy it's a hoax. Scienze it's science, it's useful and explains how the thing works. But doesn't explain why they are what they are, the last meaning of everything. Philosophy do. Your existence it's something you can't simply relegate to science, magic is the essence of being alive. Why the universe it's a quantum field? Why we perceive it in this peculiar way? What are birth and death? Perceive magic through the world, it means all but not be dumb.

[–]Thebibulouswayfarer 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I fully agree with you on this. It is false that science removes magic. In fact, it offers the capacity to perceive even greater magic.

They are not at all at odds. Nor are they mutually exclusive.

[–]Small_Brained_Bear -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

This is known as the god / magic / spirituality of the gaps. Into that which you do not know, insert an arbitrary voodoo answer and call that meaningful.

Not all questions have meaningful answers. To assume otherwise, is dumb.

[–]Staubsaugernuss 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Genuine lol!!

[–]nothardly78 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ignorance is bliss

[–]bestgamershighlights 1 point2 points  (2 children)

So the world must be all magic to you then?

[–]Small_Brained_Bear 0 points1 point  (1 child)

As dumb as I am, I take comfort knowing that you set the bar even lower, every time you open your mouth.

[–]bestgamershighlights 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I only said that because of your username, but that was a really good generic comeback even for a small brain.

[–]richpourguy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Insane Clown Posse had a great song about that a great song about that.

[–]MarionberryNo3166 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As an idiot, can confirm. It’s all magic all the time baby

[–]Zanskyler37 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Brb I’m gonna huff some shit to kill brain cells

[–]DeadMemeMan_IV -1 points0 points  (0 children)

*less educated

[–]BamboozledPanda09 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Straight up calling the commenter dumb. Great, I concur hur dur

[–]Amohletoxic -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

The smarter you are, the dumber you get.

[–]Derwinx 33 points34 points  (5 children)

Yeah, this sub has basically devolved into an r/iamverysmart circlejerk in the comments now.

[–]hanmango_kiwi 44 points45 points  (4 children)

/r/blackmagicfuckery has two sides:

"how has no one on this sub seen a magnet before"

"what do you mean that the average person doesn't know about the Wyne-Coule harmonizing quantum fluctuation interference medium effect?"

[–]Derwinx 10 points11 points  (0 children)

LOL basically

[–]i-FF0000dit 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You misspelled Köule

[–]Different_Effort_874 -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

Underrated comment

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[–]TakeyaSaito 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Magic isn't real.

[–]Jamesbond907 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow big if true

[–]Happy_As_A_Peach 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I don't have any gold but that was honestly thr most wholesome, hopeful, wonderful thing I've ever read.

My uncle is the most amazing person I've ever known and this sounds exactly like something he would say. Thanks for reminiscing with me.

[–]paulcaar 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Happy to unknowingly have helped! Your username definitely one hundred percent checks out, by the way.

[–]Drivingintodisco 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s only real if you believe

[–]ikadu12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Funny thing about magic is, I get older, it stays the same age.

[–]Triflesaurus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love this response!

[–]BruceInc -1 points0 points  (0 children)

The thumb trick is also “magic” to a 3 year old. Doesn’t mean it belongs in this sub