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    Re: Amerigo Vespucci's navigational claims
    From: James R. Van Zandt
    Date: 2007 Aug 12, 22:18 -0400

    
    
       Fred Hebard writes:
    
       I also found interesting the quote, "the difference between magic and
       science is narrower than most people think today."  Certainly the
       skill needed to become proficient in the use of a sextant, not to
       mention sight reduction, makes proficiency appear as magic.  This is
       predates the use of any of the magical electronic devices with which
       we are becoming familiar.
    
    The quote is just another form of Clark's third law "Any sufficiently
    advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".
    
                   - Jim Van Zandt
    
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