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 Post subject: Proving the Paranormal
PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 5:08 am 
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The James Randi Educational Foundation offers a million dollar prize for anyone able to demonstrate a supernatural ability under agreed-upon scientific testing criteria.

Does this test make sense from the perspective of the philosophy of science? Would not anything demonstrated using scientific testing criteria be considered a natural phenomenon? In other words, if one met the test criteria, would one have demonstrated that the phenomenon in question was not supernatural? Does the concept "a scientific proof of the supernatural" entail a contradiction?


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Along similar lines, what is the status of the miraculous from a scientific perspective? Is it possible, in principle, to formulate a scientific proof of a miracle? In particular, does it fall afoul of the problem of repeatability?

Suppose you had the opportunity to investigate the first miracle that Jesus performed: the transformation of water into wine. How strong a scientific proof would you be able, in principle, to offer the scientific community that a miracle had taken place? How would you address the challenge that your findings are not worthy of publication in a scientific journal because they can not be repeated?

Clearly if such a thing as the transformation of water into wine did occur, its implications are terribly significant. At the very least we would have to conclude that Jesus was in possession of technology so advanced as to be indistinguishable from magic, to paraphrase Arthur C. Clarke. That being so, he was no ordinary man of his day. An explanation in terms of Divine Intervention seems quite rational under the circumstances.

But can science wrap itself around these possibilities, or are the events too large for it to contain? The practice of scientific investigation is built upon repetition and control; on assumptions of uniformity in space and time with regards to the laws behind the observed behaviour. If the true explanation of the water-into-wine story is a unique instance of divine or technological intervention, then any assumption of law-like uniformity we bring to the investigation will be just plain false, and render any conclusions based on them unsound.

The practice of science isn't a single, fixed method. The loss of repeatability need not spell doom for a scientific investigation, even if it is a heavy blow. Still, the question remains, what other scientific tools and techniques can we bring to bear on the problem?


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