Om moderne magi og tankefeil

“At the basis of the whole modern view of the world lies the illusion that the so-called laws of nature are the explanations of natural phenomena.”
– Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

“The concept of law is so well established in science that until recently few scientists stopped to think about the nature and origin of these laws; they were happy to simply accept them as ‘given.’ Now that physicists and cosmologists have made rapid progress toward finding what they regard as the ‘ultimate’ laws of the universe, many old questions have resurfaced. Why do the laws have the form they do? Might they have been otherwise? Where do these laws come from? Do they exist independently of the physical universe.”
– Paul Davies, The Mind of God

For såkalte “naturlover” er som kjent bare abstraksjoner som reflekterer en objektiv virkelighet, forsøkt beskrevet med matematikk. Hvordan kan de forklare noe som helst? Frem til de er forklart, er eksistensen av naturlover fremdeles noe ekvivalent til…vel, magi. Regelmessig, forutsigbar magi, that is. (Don’t worry, aristotelisme-thomisme [A-T] har et troverdig svar på dette også.)