The esoteric traditions are
saturated with tales of magic: mental means of manipulating reality via force
of will, seeing the future, and communicating with spirits. In modern times,
such tales are considered quaint, pre-scientific fantasies and superstitions,
so most educated people today regard magic solely as a form of entertainment.
What is less well known is that a branch of science has been investigating
magical lore for over 150 years, and some of the underlying ideas are almost
certainly valid. I will explore the consequences of “real magic” and how these
effects seem destined to become part of future science.