MARIANO TOMATIS

WONDER INJECTOR

Italian writer and magician
working for a better Rule #34:
«If it exists, there is magic of it.
If not, let’s make it!»

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WHAT IS SCI FOO?

Science Foo Camp (or “Sci Foo”) is an invitation-only gathering organized by Digital Science, O'Reilly Media, and Google, with support from Nature. The 9th edition of Sci Foo takes place on 8-10 August 2014 at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. Lord Martin Rees has defined it as “a sort of mini Woodstock of the Mind”. Participants include researchers, writers, educators, artists, policy makers, investors, and other thought leaders, all doing groundbreaking work in diverse areas of science and technology.

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Posted on saturday 26 july 2014, 13 days before scifoo14 • Written by Mariano Tomatis

Bertrand Russell wrote that «The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.»

By using the expression “growing sharper”, what was he referring to? Our wits, probably. But I opt for a better interpretation: maybe he was saying that our wits could make magical things sharper. This is a short film by me about the concept of “sharpened magic” (embedded English subtitles available):

Relegating magic to a childish form of entertainment is a way to avoid to confront its sharper implications. Because magic is a martial art using wonder to wake up from sleepwalking and force us to open our eyes.

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