The abandonment of magic made possible the upsurge of technology?
“It was the abandonment of magic which made possible the upsurge of technology, not the other way round. Indeed, as Max Weber stressed, magic was potentially ‘one of the most serious obstructions to the rationalisation of economic life’. The technological primacy of Western civilization, it can be argued, owes a sizeable debt to the fact that in Europe recourse to magic was to prove less ineradicable than in other parts of the world”. - Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic
"Weber is not the actual source of the notion of science as anti-magic. He also did not argue for the movement of thought from magic to religion to science often mistakenly attributed to him. Finally, “the disenchantment of the world” does not mean the complete extirpation of belief in magic or spirits."
Art: Kings’ Fairy Tale, 1909, by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis