Magdelene was a big believer in luck – luck, coincidence, and just generally having life arrange itself in her favour. It made everything much less work, and she was a really big believer in that.
“What is magic today is science tomorrow. The Hindue ‘worship idols.’ Yes? But what exactly do they mean by that? As I myself have observed: they get very interesting results from their ‘worship.’
We, the enlightened West, say that their worship is ignorant superstition and the results coincidence. But are we not in the position of our mythical Englishman listening to the noise from the black box?” [via, also]