Now and then I run into this sort of claim.
"I don't think consciousness is magical. I think it's an emergent property of neurons."
Honestly, it sounds to me like...
"I don't think consciousness is magical. It's just the standard effects of Neptune's mighty trident."
Similarly, I'm not a big fan of...
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Really? Is that because both magic and technology have similar effects? What if someone said...
"Any sufficiently reliable magic is indistinguishable from technology."?
Talk of 'magic' seems like a bluff to me. Magic really seems to reduce to "a theory about nature that turned out to be incorrect". Phlogistons? Magic. Miasma? Also magic. Steady state theory? Magic.
Which means that science journals are overflowing with magic. We just can't always be sure which theory is magical and which one is scientific.