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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 12 2013: I would say science adds to the magic. The magic u describe is enhanced by my knowledge of what it is I'm observing. The drama of the sunset for example, the living juxtaposition of moving colors, clouds, the serenity of the calming horizon, the magnificence of the sun itself is not reduced, but enhanced because of my knowing the gases, the prizmatic bending of light, and the fact that the sun is not 'setting' but the horizon's moving up. My wonder and awe is magnified because of the miracle of the components before me. And if this is what I 'know' so far, what is yet to come?
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      • May 12 2013: Isn't that the truth, Kate!
        We just got a book from the library about the human body - it is a kick to look at the pictures and talk about how our body is so perfectly designed to do everything we need! It is truly amazing.
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        May 14 2013: "...unless we have a real illness..." There are those (I'm sure you're aware) that believe that the body has the ability to cure itself of all illness, that it is 'limited' because of our capacity to allow it to work properly, and that many (if not most) modern illness is a result of stress. Stress, it's believed, depletes the body's ability to ward off the invasion of disease. If we therefore reduce stress, we could be much healthier and happier. But of course, then we'd be 'happy' so we wouldn't need to buy a bunch of junk to try to appease our pain, and we'd be 'healthy' so wouldn't need so many health products and services - which I believe is the single largest profitable industry besides the military. Not very good for business! So plan on stress continuing and increasing. It helps us to be good citizens.
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        May 14 2013: Yours is definitely more accurate. I used 'citizens' from a quick vision while writing that our citizenry is defined by our participation in society, and I live in a consumer society. Not the best descriptive word for the point. Thnx.

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