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Expecting magical effects in the natural world is much more difficult than it might seem.
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Expecting magical effects in the natural world is much more difficult than it might seem. Magic usually involves effects that require intelligence to carry through, and so the complexity of magic must be at least that of minds. A category that can only be recognized by a mind and not simpler mechanism is called "magical category". It won't be useful in explanations of the natural mindless processes.
  
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*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/04/universal_fire.html Universal Fire] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/04/universal_fire.html Universal Fire] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2008/09/excluding-the-s.html Excluding the Supernatural] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2008/09/excluding-the-s.html Excluding the Supernatural] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/td/magical_categories/ Magical Categories] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
  
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Expecting magical effects in the natural world is much more difficult than it might seem. Magic usually involves effects that require intelligence to carry through, and so the complexity of magic must be at least that of minds. A category that can only be recognized by a mind and not simpler mechanism is called "magical category". It won't be useful in explanations of the natural mindless processes.

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