The Magic of Park City Transportation

It is an interesting notion indeed to consider the exact nature of Park City transportation through the use of magic. The readers of this blog (I assume) are entirely familiar with the transporter in the popular science fiction television show entitled Star Trek. For the benefit of those who are not familiar with Star Trek, the transporter was a technology that enabled a person to be deconstructed on the atomic level and then beamed to a different location where they could then be reassembled. This technology was not magical because it operated according to scientific principles, however, from the perspective of a person who does not fully understand the technology it would in fact appear to be a magical form of transportation.


The example of the transporter serves to illustrate the point that any form of transportation could be considered magical if we define magic to mean a technology that an observer does not fully understand. Now I, (I must confess) do not fully understand fully the operation of a combustion engine. I suppose that I do understand this type of engine on a vague conceptual level but I have no confidence that I could create one on my own without a significant amount of training (which I have no intention of experiencing).

Therefore, from my personal subjective perspective at the present point in time even the combustion engine seems somewhat magical given our accepted definition of magic. It seems that the definition of magic as explored by this thought experiment is an entirely subjective definition. That is, one person’s magic is another person’s technology. To bring it all round full circle let us say that transportation in Park City through the use of an automobile powered by a combustion engine seems somewhat magical to me and therefore to me is in fact magical by our agreed upon definition.