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I have rather simi-compitent ability and skill regarding magic, and I know the topic sounds like rpg-ish but I was wondering. Does anyone know if its possible for onw to, for a chosen point in time, "give up" their magic abilityt to improve spasific attributes. For example be better in retaining school or work knolage? If such a thing is possible I am fine making my own spell, but before I go through the trouble of finding/creating a spell my magic is okay with, i thought i'd get a second oppenion, thanks.

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In the way that you mean, I would say no. In regards to how the brain works, over time, without use, certain neural pathways fade out and new ones form that are more geared towards tasks that you currently, regularly, partake in. So essentially you are trading one skill for another. That being said, it is not possible for any one person to have too many pathways. We cannot take in enough information at once to overload our brain. Having more pathways delegated to different tasks creates a healthier brain, with better memory, muscle control, etc. So there's really no benefit to losing one ability for another.

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I appologise as i worded that somewhat wrong. I meant like my "magic" not nessesarly knolage of spells but what I do them with. That kinda magic. Can i get rid of said magic to improve things like smartness. Essentially trade my powers for physical attribute of inteligence even if perminant

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No. Magic is not something you possess. This is the same as asking if you can trade solar radiation for strength. It is an energy. The same way we may harvest and use solar radiation to suit our whims, so too can we harvest magic and use it. We do not and cannot own it. It is all around us.

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I mean no disrespect to your style or beliefsbeliefs but Magic is sentient and while all around us, every person does posess. magic of their own, hence why some types are easier than others for diffrent people. But you are right, because its sentient I can't really swap it for a physical attribute. I wasn't thinking.thanks.

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Okay sorry. My oppenion on magic sorta wrote itself there. I meant no offense.

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Eris, most people do not believe magic is an entity in and of itself. It is change in accordance with will. Affecting this change does not require any external help from the practitioner alone. I do not say that to invalidate your opinion, but only to help explain where people are coming from.

Back to the topic at-hand:
You cannot turn magic off. You may choose to stop practicing, and turn your attention to another direction, yes.
In stead of concentrating your studies on magical knowledge, you may choose to increase your knowledge in academic topics.

As to why some people are better in a specific study of magic is the exact same reason some people may excel in a certain area of academic knowledge: aptitude. Two people may both be very intelligent, but one excels in subjects of history and social sciences, while the other has an easy grasp on chemistry and mathematics. Both may study all their required (and chosen) subjects just as hard, but they will each excel more in their individual aptitudes.

All of that said, I have seen posts online from people who had stopped practicing, and were worried they would lose their skills, or be unable to have success again. The general consensus is that, since magic is merely a process and practice, a person may begin, start over, or pause, with no permanent 'loss' of magic; they may simply have to re-train their brains on the necessary skills.

There was definitely no need to apologize for your opinion, by the way. It is your own opinion on something which is based much more on belief and faith than on fact.
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I am slightlyooffendoffendeed that my oppenion must be appologised for. I understand your point, however your statement fails to account for the idea that due yo most people being affraid to forge their own styles of magic, or throwing away personal methods for coven or taught ones, methods become so similar that most people's magic acts non-sentiant and lets them use it due to boardom. I do agree that the core values of the weilder shapes its personality somewhat, but only just. I am not saying anyone is right or wrong, just simply stating a theory based on my expirence, i mean no offense to you or your style of magic.

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"I am slightlyooffendoffendeed that my oppenion must be appologised for."
You said, and I directly quote:
"Okay sorry. My oppenion on magic sorta wrote itself there."
I did not say you need to apologize. I said there is no need to apologize -- which you did. There is a big difference.

Your response has nothing to do with my style of magic, but the practices of millions of people over thousands of years. Magic is not sentient, and that is not an opinion; it is a widely held belief.

Your belief is different. That is fine.
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