“ for the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline and virtue. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men: the solution is a technique; and both—in the practice of this technique—are ready to do things previously regarded as disgusting and impious—such as digging up and mutilating the dead.”4


4. Lewis CS. The Abolition of Man