SMBC and it got me thinking about how information is accepted. I mean, we take fire as a natural thing now, but cavemen thought it was amazing. In our day and age, i can type this at my computer in Washington, and somebody can read it in Australia. Thats a miracle!
A book i read recently put it together perfectly with the concept of magic. We love magic shows, because they make us believe that the magician has broken the rules of nature. These rules that he seems to break have been ingrained into our memory. We know that humans dont float, but the magician can fly. We know that things don't dissapear, but my card is gone! Of course people cant survive being cut in half, but there he is with a saw! WE are amazed at every dove, card, coin, rope, wand, and fireball. but it is only because they defy what we already know.
Now imagine a baby going to a magic show. There is no way for it to understand that the magician is doing anything special. why is it so amazing that he put his head in the tiger's mouth? who cares if the dove came out of nowhere. Why are you so astonished when he floats?
knowledge becomes second nature to us, and it sort of amazes me.