08-10-2012, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by KeithA
In fact here is the reply by Dean Mobbs!
Mobbs reply is bluster. He is confidentally wrong and doesn't even know it. For example ....
| '... Indeed, using ‘paranormal’ in a non-standard way, whereas the standard understanding of the term is to mean ‘phenomena beyond scientific investigation’, does nothing to help the stated aim of Greyson et al., that is, the scientific investigation of NDEs – quite the contrary, it will most likely be harmful and keep the study of NDEs outside the realm of science |
- Dean Mobbs
The term 'paranormal' was created to avoid what Mobbs thinks the term means (!) already implied by the term 'supernatural' .... the term paranormal can mean not yet explained by science.
Marcello Truzzi noticed this common error amongst pseudoskeptics.
| While occultists and theologians have recognized this difference between the paranormal and the supernatural, many "scientific" critics merely lump them together as "transcendental nonsense." |
....we can distinguish between the abnormal, the paranormal and the supernatural. If something is rare or extraordinary in science but it is explanable, we call it abnormal. The term paranormal refers to something that science can explain some day but at the present moment cannot. These are the scientific frontiers. However, there are things that are fundamentally inexplicable by science, the supernatural. Critics often confuse the paranormal and the supernatural and turn it into a political fight.
- Professor Marcello Truzzi
Last edited by Open Mind; 08-10-2012 at 09:19 PM.