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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #182: Do You Believe in Magic?

01.16.13

One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations,
their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters they find there.

It's a bike ride.

Started by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.

It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.
We'll endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight).

On the fourth year of this bike ride, you might expect:
- more inconvenient passageways
- more full moon picnics
- perhaps more "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- certainly more amateurish enthusiasm
- disorientation
- reorientation
- pool halls
- bowling alleys
- dance parties
- karaoke
- imaginary histories
- scavenging for fun and sustenance
- more geocaching
- more oblique strategies
- more Oulipian constraints
- traffic median tea parties

Furthermore:
- A medium pace (maybe not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- We're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light.
- 30 flat, magical miles
- Victory donuts!
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This week:

Do You Believe in Magic?



It is not a simple question. Either because the idea of magic is so vaguely defined or simply because the
nature of belief becomes somewhat malleable around the edges, there are certain contexts in which even the
most die hard materialists might find themselves swayed.

Increasing exposure to scientific thought has not necessarily made the notion of magic obsolete, but its realm
of operation has perhaps been constrained. The aphorism that any sufficiently advanced technology is
indistinguishable from magic is as applicable as ever.

Fortunately, we are long past the age when one is likely to be burned at stake for a few minor eccentricities.
Nevertheless, many modern practitioners will hedge their bets, quite adamantly professing that what they do is
not magic but simply illusion. It is a bit refreshing, then, when someone unabashedly advertise themselves as
Magic.

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