I'm not really all that mysterious

Clarke's Laws

Tangentially referenced in this old post about depression:

  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.

    Asimov's Corollary to Clarke's First Law:

    When, however, the lay public rallies round an idea that is denounced by distinguished but elderly scientists and supports that idea with great fervor and emotion—the distinguished but elderly scientists are then, after all, probably right.

  2. But 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.

Mark Brader • Clarke’s Laws, correctly • 1991 Nov 13

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