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For something to be "supernatural," it must violate the laws of nature. But if we call a phenomenon supernatural, doesn't that imply a perfect knowledge of what the laws of nature are? It seems to me that if a phenomenon is observed that does not fit our current models, and we can be fairly sure that isn't just an illusion, then that only indicates that our current models are incomplete, and will have to be adjusted to account for said phenomenon. Mercury's orbit wasn't considered supernatural just because it didn't fit with the Newtonian view of gravity.
Yeah I agree, supernatural occurrences are anomalies to what we believe to be true of nature, but they are pretty much always false. I don't think anything truly Supernatural happens. I think when a supernatural event occurs there is just some sort of misunderstanding or insufficient knowledge/evidence to explain it according to our current beliefs.
yea perhaps we should call it super-expectational or something.
Usually that is not used to describe real world phenomenon though. People who do talk about supernatural things in terms of happening are either speaking allegorically or in some manner other than literal implication or they are idiots.
-------------------- "Have you ever seen what happens when a grenade goes off in a school? Do you really know what you’re doing when you order shock and awe? Are you prepared to kneel beside a dying soldier and tell him why he went to Iraq, or why he went to any war?"
"The things that are done in the name of the shareholder are, to me, as terrifying as the things that are done—dare I say it—in the name of God. Montesquieu said, "There have never been so many civil wars as in the Kingdom of God." And I begin to feel that’s true. The shareholder is the excuse for everything."
- Author and former M6/M5 agent John le Carré on Democracy Now.