After understanding a trick or ploy involved in a magic trick
we gain insight into the mechanics, but lose the feeling that magic is real.

When we see how a trick or slight-of-hand works, we become

By contrast:
Before studying computer science, computers seemed equally mysterious to me.
Now that I understand the underlying principles, I know that computers are not in fact magic.

However, I have a newfound appreciation,
and they seem even more magical now, only in a new and different way.

The best (non) word for this that comes to mind is:


After becoming indoctrinated into the academic realm of computer arcitecture and systems design, I became reillusioned <-- (better word here) : suddenly computers and the Universe were even more mystical to me in a way I'd never expected.

Is there a better (and real) word to capture this feeling?

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    How about enamored or re-enamored?
    – Steve
    Apr 26, 2016 at 23:08
  • oOoo like this one too! "Falling in love with" all over again, but also maybe seeing the object of your love in a new light. Works really well. Re-enamored. Thanks for this Apr 26, 2016 at 23:28
  • Also a great opposite to the bitter connotation of "disillusioned" Apr 26, 2016 at 23:30
  • OH MY EYES! Please never use backticks to make ugly blue monospace on ELU. Use italics for mentions. Those are not code and should not be marked as though they are. Plus it looks just awful.
    – tchrist
    Apr 27, 2016 at 2:57
  • it's to highlight, through text since vocal tone isn't an option here, the important nuance of the connotation of the words Apr 27, 2016 at 3:17

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perhaps enlightened could work here. Once one understands a system, they can truly marvel at how amazing/mysterious it all is.

  • oOOo that's a good one. I think besides "reillusioned" this is probably the best word for it that I know of. It has implications of both rational knowledge + connotations of spiritual awareness. Still hoping for a word I don't know yet, but this one is excellent. Apr 26, 2016 at 23:23

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