Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Once upon a time, science and magic lived alongside each other.

When a Mesopotamian got sick, his doctor treated him medically and prescribed magical songs for a speedy recovery.

But today, science and magic are at war.

Forced to pick a side, the majority rallied behind science.

But what exactly is science?

Put simply, science is the process of translating life’s complex shapes into simple images we can understand and measure.

An insectologist’s job, for example, is to discover new insect species and place them into the correct class.

At its heart, science always answers the same question: does it go in this or that box?

But because life is so wonderfully chaotic, scientific answers are strikingly intricate too; thereby hiding its simplistic core.

Let’s take Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Albert started his description of gravity by giving every contributing force a unique symbol. Einstein’s mind then used those icons to vomit pure genius onto paper, creating one of the most beautiful mathematical equations ever made:

Einstein’s theory simplifies a pattern of nature we can’t understand, into a form we can comprehend.

Which raises the question: why do we want to describe the universe in terms of language?

Because if we can interpret the nameless events of life, we can find patterns and predict what’s going to happen next.

One of the first rhythms of nature we found is the rising and setting of the sun. Our earliest ancestors saw so many sunrises that they could trust that it would rise again tomorrow.

Being able to anticipate the future allows us to control the future—which is science’s true purpose.

If science’s goal is prediction, scientists are fortune-tellers. And the more fortune-tellers know of the cosmos, the clearer their crystal balls.

Perhaps science and magic are not as opposed as we think.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach