четверг, 6 ноября 2014 г.

Addition to Clarke's Third Law [EN]

Clarke's Third Law:
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
It should be clearly stated, that technology must be sufficiently advanced compared to the observer, which we may have more than one. Obviously, reader and protagonist might have different opinions on what "sufficiently advanced" is.

You can find few variations of this law here.

"Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced."

Paraphrase of Shermer's Last Law
"Any sufficiently advanced alien is indistinguishable from God."

Copperfield's First Corollary:
"Any sufficiently authentic fake is indistinguishable from magic, as long as the observer perceives it in strictly defined conditions."

Copperfield's Second Corollary:
"Technology is the basis of any fake."

Buddha's Second Thesis:
"Any perceivable phenomenon in the universe is a fake, available in strictly defined conditions of observer's perception."

Strugatsky's Conclusion:
"By itself the ability to suspect a presence of advanced technology is insufficient to distinguish said technology from magic."

Critical Commentary of the Renaissance Era:
"Specimen of any insufficiently advanced culture is unable to distinguish advanced technology from magic, regardless of whether he able to replicate it or not."