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Science gives power to the supernatural

Science and magic have both always drawn on invisible and occult forces

By Philip Ball  

"Magic lanterns" brought spirits to life through science.

I suspect that, like me, the first time you encountered someone using a mobile phone with an earpiece and microphone, you saw it as further evidence of our declining social services—this poor fellow gesticulating wildly and talking to voices in his head should really be in residential care.

By filling the ether with voices, we have sacrificed the ability to police the borders of sanity purely in behavioural terms. The psychic implications of Wifi have…

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