Lab mouse. Photo by Rama
The techniques of magick are at the root of scientific procedures. You begin by seeing an issue (magick: formulate your goal). Then you design an experiment (magick: design your ritual) based on experience and protocols that limit unwanted influences on the experiment (magick: perform banishing). Next, you perform your experiments and document the results (magick: do the ritual and record it in your magickal record, diary, or journal). Finally, you observe over time to see if the results of the experiment/magick hold.
This is the nature of good laboratory science/magick. Recently, I saw a great article that seems to unite the two. If you want to read the entire
It is important for people who practice magick to be true skeptics. Too often I have seen people perform a ritual and then get swept away into a world where chance and mere happenstance are attributed to their magickal working. Such people constantly see magickal forces (often working against them) rather than more common explanations.
If you're feeling sick, assume flu first, magickal attack last.
As any person who regularly works with magick knows, most people don't believe in magick. Those who go around saying that every creaking sound in an old house is the sign of a ghost or the failure of a politician is due to their magickal ritual only make the doubters laugh more heartily. And
On Roy Stemman's Paranormal Review blog there is a fascinating article on cold fusion.
Cold fusion is the idea of creating nuclear fusion—where multiple atomic nuclei join together to form a single heavier nucleus—at or near room temperature. A side effect of this is a massive release of energy. Regular fusion, the physical source of the power of our Sun, normally requires temperatures of many thousands of degrees. If effective cold fusion is discovered, it would revolutionize the world, providing virtually unlimited and safe energy at negligible costs.
In the 1980s, two highly respected and honored researchers at the University of Utah started investigating cold fusion and eventually