"This world exists non-necessarily, improbably, and causelessly. It exists for absolutely no reason at all. It is inexplicably and stunningly actual...The impact of this captivated realization upon me is overwhelming. I am completely stunned. I take a few dazed steps in the dark meadow, and fall among the flowers. I lie stupefied, whirling without comprehension in this world through numberless worlds other than this one."
-Quentin Smith, The Felt Meanings of the World
An intellect which at a certain moment would know
all forces that set nature in motion, and all positions of all items of
which nature is composed, if this intellect were also vast enough to
submit these data to analysis, it would embrace in a single formula the
movements of the greatest bodies of the universe and those of the
tiniest atom; for such an intellect nothing would be uncertain and the
future just like the past would be present before its eyes.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
-Arthur C. Clarke