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Old 01-31-2008, 06:13 PM   #10
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Re: Poll: Do you think studying aikido can allow people to develop "supernatural" pow

There's a lot of stuff in Aikido that looks really impressive, actually works and can appear supernatural to someone who isn't as well trained.

But it ain't magic. It's physics. Well, and timing and sometimes a bit of psychology.

I think sometimes there is something even beyond those things in 'ki', but I still wouldn't call it supernatural. Beyond our natural perception, perhaps, but how many of us can perceive molecules moving about us? So, does that make molecules supernatural?

So, even if ki is more than physics, timing and psychology (and I'm not convinced it is), I still wouldn't call it supernatural.

Another sci-fi writer who also subscribed to Arthur C. Clarke's idea about technology and magic went on to say, "Supernatural is a null word".

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