I ended a talk in Manchester a couple of years ago with this:
Magic is our language and our story, and we can’t ride the ghost train into a future of haunted machines without them.
I can add something new to that thought. Myth is the carrier wave of civilisation. Put simpler: astrology leads to astronomy leads to navigation. Imbedded in the former are the conditions for the latter.
— Warren Ellis, Orbital Operations newsletter for June 18, 2017
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