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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%)
 
 
seawaspseawasp on September 8th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Posting on my iPhone, so this will be less loquacious than my usual.

As someone else said, define what you mean by "magic", and then define who's doing the distinguishing. The guys making the tech probably have a different slant on that than the primitive native races they're wowing with their gadgets.

Alternatively, both sides might find themselves equally right (or wrong) in putting one label or another
on it. A good example of this is seen in the anime Fullmetal Alchemist; Edward Elric and most alchemists in his world consider what they do to be science, not magic, but as far as I'm concerned it's PFM all the way.

On the other hand, technology that gets the job done is sufficiently advanced. In some well-known stories, the heroes win by exploiting some older technology that has some specific advantage.

The caveat for the individuals or groups poll is that it depends on the knowledge, skills, and
positions of the would-be threats.

And as regards the wizard, if he's undead he may not care.