Jan 22, 2021 2:00 AM
fabulous bell meets evil eye witch naruto
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"Yeah. There's some stuff that might actually be more testable - mild good luck charms, rather than stuff in the genre of 'helping people makes good vibes around you' - though magic's... Finicky, sometimes."

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"Finicky?"

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"It's really hard to tell if other people's charms and spells are having an effect except by watching for impact on the world, and if you see a plausibly magical change in the world it's also really hard to trace what caused that. It's often also hard to sense the external effects of your own magic - if I decided to use magic to hide myself, I might not be able to tell if it was working until I observed people ignoring me. You can get a sense for workings you're very familiar with, but - it's more like feeling a vague pressure in the air."

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"That sounds really annoying, not having feedback on your spells."

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"Yeah. I think it slows down figuring new things out, too - witches are pretty willing to get creative, but then you need to filter for whether your creativity actually helped to keep advancing..."

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"Yeah, it would be very hard to do science to it if you can't measure."

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"Should still be doable with the right set up, but, yeah, I've heard that complaint, especially from people doing reverse engineering work on spells you don't want to test broadly..."

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"Like..."

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