„Overcoming magic often takes the form of theology. From animals and ancestors the path leads to all kinds of spirits. The hypothesis (which already appeared in the magical age) of the little man alongside man, the “soul', and of the special being, 'God', more and more often seeks a parallel process 'behind' processes. Whereas in the magical age, empirically given facts were linked with each other on the basis of primitive theories without the introduction of uncontrollable elements, now their introduction becomes essential.“

—  Otto Neurath, 1930s, "Empirical Sociology" (1931), p. 322
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österreichischer Philosoph, Soziologe und Ökonom 1882 - 1945

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„Any technology that does not appear magical is insufficiently advanced.“

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