MarbitChow wrote:In a science-driven world, almost all actions can be performed by almost any person, provided that they have access to the technology that allows the action to occur and the required training to use it.
In a magic-driven world, certain special people ('casters', 'wizards', etc.) are arbitrarily able to perform physical, reality-changing feats that are orders of magnitude beyond what 'normal' people can perform.
(Sometimes 'normal' people can learn to use magic, depending on the type of world, but there are numerous examples where there is a special inborn trait that divides casters from normals.)
I can reword that entirely from Erfworld's perspective. Your "technology" is Erfworld's "Magic Item". Your "Casters" are our "Physicists". I can't entangle two atoms, but a scientist can. And someday, maybe he'll make me a magic item that lets me use that magic to talk to someone.
In a science-driven world, the laws of entropy apply.
In a magic-driven world, things can be created from nothing, actions can have effects that exceed their initial force, etc.
(If we could see the equation, the magic world may actually balance, but the difference between the force available in the initial cause and the final effect is always supplied 'by magic'.)
Quantum Mechanics tells us that there is a finite chance that a Pink Elephant will appear in your room, play Bolero on his Trombone, then disappear. It's just highly unlikely, not impossible.
Why does the non-existence of Entropy in Erfworld mean that it is non-scientific? If the Law of Entropy was disproven tomorrow, would we live in a magical world, or a scientific one? Science is not limited to the current Laws, and thus can expand to include new Laws, or retract to reject disproven ones.
In a science-driven world, the mind/will/desire alone is not enough to cause an event to occur. The mind must cause the body to move, or external technological receptors must detect the changes in the brain that indicate desire.
Prove that. You assume it is this way. And yet, there are scientists that study extrasensory perception, telekinesis, telepathy, etc. While these things have not proven reproducible, if they were, science would codify them, and they would be science, not magic.
You are completely misunderstanding the entire point. Science attempts to explain the natural world. In a universe where mental will can affect change in the u8niverse, Science would simply codify the laws that permit it.
In a magic-driven world, magic can be triggered just through desire.
(You could argue that magic acts like the receptors I mentioned, but then these receptors would have to be all-pervasive as well as sentient in order to be able to interpret all possible variations of desire and will.)
Again, i will use the example of magnetism. It is invisible and when used by someone that lacks understanding of electromagnetism, can give the appearance of someone's "will" casing things to float. You're demonstrating the same lack of understanding. You assume that there are no Laws or Forces that connect Will to Action. There must be, and they must be consistent. In this case, the Law must include the concept of "Juice," a foreign substance to Earth's universe. So your missing Laws, the ones that equate to electromagnetism, connect to that hidden gas tank. It is governed by a Law. That one person has more or less capacity than another is no different from somce people being fast runners, while others can't maintain more than a fast jog... people are different.
Magic, once defined, becomes Science. And Erfworlder would reverse that to say, "Science, once defined, becomes Magic."