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Does science take away the 'magic' in life?

It seems in today's society we know everything from atoms to what caused life. But does this take away the 'magic', the passion, the wonder in life. for example, if you were to watch a sun set, we are told it is formed because of gravity's pull and the rotation of planets compared if we did not know the function we would simply stare in wonder. I am not saying science is bad but that it turns our view of our surroundings into a mechanical engineering system, a system relying on statistics and data only. making our world cold. religion has often been denied by science the belief in God since the enlightenment has made church attendance at a all time low. So should we go back to the stone age and stop innovation? of course not however, does science take away the 'magic' in life? if so, should we embrace it? what steps should we take to preserve the 'soul' of life?

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  • May 13 2013: A lot of good arguments being said however, I think the term "magic" is being miss interpreted as science inventions. Yes science can make some amazing, magical stuff however, after a while there 'wonders' gets neglected. if you compare what I am stating to a child when given a new toy, some toys last longer than others but in the end we just throw them away. Look at the steam engine train and any other scientific invention which has been replaced with a new one. my point is that science can't bring everlasting satisfactory happiness to our lives and instead might possibly be reducing it instead.
    • May 13 2013: But for everything in life, it's not about the what, but about who and how. Science brings enormous amounts of "magic" to my life. Each and every day. The problem is not science, but people's attitudes. I can reduce anything the way you reduced science to "cold facts and whatever," painting could be "cold brushes and mixed colours." It's all in the individual. My point before was that it is not science, but the indifference created by the information overload, but this is not that simple, there's also a failure in the educational/societal system, that leaves people "soulless." The problem is not science, but pervading indifference.

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