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Asha de Vos

Marine Biologist, The University of California Santa Cruz


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Technology doesn't kill the magic

I had an interview yesterday with fellow TED fellow Sanjana Hattotuwa and he asked me if I thought technology (citing the example of James Cameron's first solo descent) kills the magic. Does finding out more actually take away from the magic so to speak. I don't believe it does because the more technology allows us to delve into the unknown the more unknowns we find and therefore the more the magic grows. What are your thoughts on this?


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    Mar 30 2012: Of course it doesn't kill the magic, the best way I can put this is what Physics world has been having trouble for years. Before we were in space we saw the laws of science as what they were on Earth only. Then we went in to space and the laws would have to be changed or were confirmed but while in space we look up and what we see are other galaxies and systems and black holes and dark matter and etc. The same problem comes in to effect when trying to understand the effects of the law of physics when thought of on the smallest of scales. The moral of the story is when you thought you have climbed the top of the mountain, you see on top of the mountain that there are ranges of mountains some even taller than the one you climbed. Now, in the case of technology recording these feats well it they taped the moon landing and it only sparked inspiration to the greatest minds ever to live so, I don't think that kills the magic either.
    Thank you for your time/space

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