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08 September 2009 @ 12:53 pm
Techno-whatsis  
Poll #1454870 Techno-whatsis

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. (Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law of Prediction)

True
35(77.8%)
False
3(6.7%)
It's complicated, and I'll explain in comments
7(15.6%)

Any technology which can be distinguished from magic is insufficiently advanced. (Gehm's Corollary to Clarke's Law)

True
27(61.4%)
False
14(31.8%)
It's complicated, and I'll explain in comments
3(6.8%)

There is no technology, no matter how advanced, that cannot be circumvented by a sufficiently determined individual or group. (Janet Miles, to the best of my knowledge)

True
41(91.1%)
False
2(4.4%)
It's complicated, and I'll explain in comments
2(4.4%)

No matter how subtle and powerful the wizard, a knife between the shoulderblades will seriously cramp his style. (Steven KZ Brust)

True
38(84.4%)
False
0(0.0%)
It's complicated, and I'll explain in comments
7(15.6%)
 
 
Elizabeth Barretteysabetwordsmith on September 8th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hmm...
1) If you don't know exactly what you're dealing with, much magic and technology is indistinguishable. But if you know how they both work, it is always possible to tell them apart so long as they are not conjoined. At the quantum singularity, however, magic and technology meet where the Cosmic Serpent swallows its tail.

4) ... however, that doesn't necessarily mean the wizard will be unable to complete his mission.