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Steve Zara's Avatar Jump to comment 15 by Steve Zara

Comment 13 by jay29

My point was just that there needs to be an examination of what the supernaturalist presents as evidence for supernaturalism

Not really, no. Because such evidence isn't evidence for supernaturalism, it's evidence for phenomena that the believer wants to identify as supernatural. That's very different.

To provide direct evidence for supernaturalism, you need to provide evidence that some phenomenon is, in principle, beyond the reach of scientific investigation. As I'm sure you can see, such evidence is impossible. Therefore evidence for the supernatural is impossible.

There is persistent confusion between evidence for supernaturalism and evidence for something strange happening, or evidence that people believed they saw a miracle. These are not the same thing at all.

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:14:06 UTC | #949008