Science fiction… or science fact?


British science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke (author of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Rendezvous with Rama” among many many others) proposed three laws of prediction. He kept it to three on the basis that if three laws was good enough for Newton, he had no business creating more. The first law he first talked about in 1962 – the second and third he referenced in 1973.

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

We are in a huge time of incredible, amazing change. I came across a pen that can write in three dimensions, creating models out of thin air. We can print entire buildings from nothing. Technologies like graphene promise to change the technological landscape. We can synthesize meat in the laboratory without an animal being part of the process. We are creating. magic.

And yet, as we create even more wonders of technology, I sense that something even more amazing is on the horizon as we discover our own innate magic – as we attune to what’s possible for each one of us. I sense that we’re about to step into a new era of miracles as we learn to reconnect to our true nature – to step back into the inheritance that we have, and to understand that miracles are simply the effects of natural laws that we haven’t yet understood. As Terry Pratchett observed in “Small Gods”;

“Humans! They lived in a world where the grass continued to be green and the sun rose every day and flowers regularly turned into fruit, and what impressed them? Weeping statues. And wine made out of water! A mere quantum-mechanistic tunnel effect, that’d happen anyway if you were prepared to wait zillions of years. As if the turning of sunlight into wine, by means of vines and grapes and time and enzymes, wasn’t a thousand times more impressive and happened all the time…”

Miracles and wonderful things happen all around us all the time. Healing happens as if by magic as the body repairs itself. Left to its own devices (beyond being kept warm) an egg hatches into an eagle. Miracles happen ALL THE TIME.

Yet something tells me we’re about to step into something new. Something remarkable. Having put our faith in the hands of technology. we’re about to find out what we’re capable of when we connect to the power that’s latent within each one of us.

Julie Anne Peters wrote in “Far From Xanadu”:

 “Miracles don’t happen. You make them happen. They’re not wishes or dreams or candles on a cake. They’re not impossible. Reality is real. It’s totally and completely under my control.”

So. Are you ready to discover the limits of the possible – and venture a little way past them into the impossible? And what might happen if you did?

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