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Science and the Jinx

A recent issue of Science News featured marvelously detailed images of cellular division — images that recently would have been considered impossible, since cell structures are tinier and more delicate than the very light used to image them.

This is a familiar story, the impossible becoming possible. At the moment, following Feynman’s lead, all myopic eyes¬†are on the micro-scale. Even Big Data mainly gets used to target small niches of humanity for advertising, votes, or drone strikes.

I hope I live to see a science of the human herd’s effect on itself. I want a science of the mystical. For example – why are people jinxes?

You know what I mean, even if science doesn’t. Stuff just doesn’t work around some people — computers, traffic, weather, getting to the movies on time. Those who try to compensate for these people wind up completely overboard in situations they would sail through any other day. And you know these people are jinxes. You just do.

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