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Supernatural Phenomena Cannot Be Proved Through Observation.

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Posted by Luis Hamburgh on February 2, 2002 18:50:27 UTC


I try to thumb through readings like this one with as much objectivity as possible, so it didn't help to see that, below the book coverage on the URL you listed lies the solicitation "Look for similar books by subject:" leading to the subcategories "Metaphysics" and "Scientology."

(Then again, the local Barnes and Noble files "The Hundredth Monkey" -- a superb resource for skeptics -- under "Metaphysics," so the subcategories could have been as carelessly suggested, I thought. Anyway, I digress...)

While reading through the sample pages I found the idea of parsimony totally absent. For instance, the suggestion that the prayer experiment might not be evidence for God, but rather evidence for "telepathy." Ironically, the author acknowledges that Freud and Jung established psychology as a science (the fact that he questions this notion notwithstanding), but when presenting the results of the prayer experiment, avoids suggesting that psychology could be at work here.

By definition, supernatural phenomena cannot be proved through observation. God, therefore, cannot be proved through empircal measures. The book may do fantastically well, however, as it is built to both massage its readers beliefs and give them a sense that those beliefs have scientific validity.


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