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If the supernatural were real, would we be able to study it scientifically?

Hypothetically, if there were a supernatural realm, would it be reasonable to expect that we would be able to study it using the scientific method? On the other hand, is it possible that the ...
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Is the concept of "supernatural laws" an oxymoron?

In the discussion on defining and distinguishing between naturalism and supernaturalism, is it coherent to entertain the notion of a supernatural realm governed by rules or laws, and if so, would it ...
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Are there versions of theism or supernaturalism that offer testable predictions?

Theism and supernaturalism often draw criticism for their perceived lack of a practical framework capable of generating testable predictions. In contrast, physical theories like general relativity and ...
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What kind of evidence would make theism/supernaturalism more theoretically virtuous than naturalism?

Graham Oppy is well-known for arguing that naturalism strikes the best balance between minimizing all of one's theoretical commitments and maximizing the explanation that one's theoretical commitments ...
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What is the definition of supernatural? [duplicate]

What is the definition of supernatural? If one defines "natural" as "everything that exists", then, simply by definition, nothing is supernatural, not even ghosts or gods or ...
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Term for believing that no one believes in supernatural paranormal stuff [closed]

There are terms like atheist and agnostic for deities for the person themself, but what if one not only doesn't believe in stuff that conflicts with their experienced observations, but believes that ...
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Does mind-body dualism entail supernaturalism?

The concept of mind-body dualism emphasizes a profound division between the mental and physical dimensions of human existence, positing the body as physical and the mind as non-physical. With this ...
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Can axiomatic (in-)dependence provide insights to the relation between natural and supernatural?

Suppose the natural world and supernatural world differ from each other by premises that both share, i.e. they are dependent on the same axioms. Then the supernatural should also be a subsection of ...
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Is magic an event that has no known cause or explanation?

Is an unknown cause for an event considered magic until that event has a known cause. I was thinking about radioactive quantum events. As far as I know, these events have no known specific cause ...
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Should the failure to provide a naturalistic explanation for an event increase our credence in a supernatural one? An NDE case study

The question in the title, although meant to be general, is mainly motivated by a specific type of Near-Death Experience (NDE) that currently perplexes me. Specifically, I am referring to NDEs ...
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Can private experiences justify private belief in supernaturalism?

Is it ever rational or justified to believe in supernaturalism on the basis of private experiences (of the kind for which publicly accesible evidence can hardly be produced)? If someone has private ...
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Does the simulation hypothesis bring back certain ideas long rejected by skeptics and typically associated with religious believes?

The following ideas have long been rejected by the scientific skeptical community as superstitious and incompatible with reason: That the universe has been designed by intelligent being(s) - the so-...
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Restating my argument, people have seen real unususal seemingly fictional creaturs [closed]

NOBODY SHOULD EDIT MY ARGUMENT BECAUSE THEY DONT REPRESENT IT CORRECTLY Reconsidering Unusual Creature Sightings: A Rational Perspective It is important to reconsider the phenomenon of reported ...
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Standards of knowledge-by-testimony and reports of unusual lifeforms [closed]

The argument goes: Over 50% of all statements made by all people in general are true or at least sincere. Over 50% of observation reports are factually accurate (not reports of hallucinations). A ...
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Problems with saying that our universe is physically closed (reformulating Kant's antinomies)

Initial caveat: some misapprehension seems to have arisen over my reference to physical sets. But in this, I am trying to follow the language of modern topology, which seems to be applied everywhere ...
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Is there something a little artificial about 'miracles'?

A miracle is something that is currently inexplicable by the laws of nature: statues crying blood; the resurrection of the dead; turning water into wine; etc.. Suppose I can accurately guess the ...
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Can idealism be equated with supernaturalism?

Can the philosophy of idealism (in the quite broad sense, so including Platon, Leibniz, and the so-called German idealism with Kant, Fichte, etc.), be equated with supernaturalism? Below is provided a ...
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Naturalism and anti-realism in the philosophy of science

I was surprised by the lack of easily accessed discussion on overlap of these popular philosophical terms / ideas. Are they more or less orthogonal? As I understand it, ontological naturalism says we ...
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Formal definition of "natural" and "naturalness" for the ethics and moral philosophy of "natural law"?

Every object is the combinatorial combination of atoms (or quarks/gluons/leptons if we dive deeper to the elements). Is there formal definition which combinations of atoms are "natural" and ...
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Is there an ontological distinction between magic and the supernatural?

I'm an ardent physicalist with a belief in the importance of the partial reduction of theories to physicalism. I have on occasion had discussions with philosophers here who challenge the existence of ...
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