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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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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. One interesting variety is [[sympathetic magic]].
  
 
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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. One interesting variety is sympathetic magic.

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