In my most recent editorial for the Journal of Posthuman Studies, I cited Arthur C. Clarke’s observation that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”1 This may be a hyperbolic statement, yet, when it comes to their goals, cultural role, and capacity to subvert regular forces, there seems at least to exist a structural analogy between magic and sufficiently advanced technologies. Many examples can be adduced that demonstrate a close structural analogy between magic and technologies. Specific technologies have already helped realize certain magical goals. The following cases do not represent a comprehensive list, but they might stimulate further research into this fascinating topic.

These reflections aim merely to provide a starting point for further exploring Arthur C. Clarke’s observation that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”8 More detailed studies are necessary to make strong scholarly arguments in favor of such a structural analogy...

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