Labelling something as magical is a good indication that the real causal reason for the effect is unknown, not that it doesn't exist. Is this a surprising use of the word?

Similarly, labelling something as due to God's influence is as easily a way of saying that we do not quite understand what the real situation was, but not necessarily that a God must be there -- simply an unknown.

Using the old labels as indicators for our lack of knowledge in new areas (or in areas with new methods of knowledge accumulating) is rather elegant, great camoflage, and a lot of fun. So sue me.

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