To many atheists the word “Supernatural” is synonymous with Magic. And of course Magic is synonymous with “Nonsense” making any further discussion somewhat pointless. If however naturalism is correct, it will eventually lead to the supernatural. It’s quite simple actually:
Most religions of the world believe that the human soul is itself a supernatural entity without which out biological bodies would be insufficient to account for our self-awareness. Naturalists of course reject this view. To them every aspect of who we are as human beings is entirely accounted for by our brains.
We don’t at present understand just how our brains are capable of accomplishing all that they do. However, if Naturalists are correct, then some day we WILL be able to understand how our brains work. And, once we do, it will only be a matter of time before we will be able to build machines similar to the brain.
In essence, one day we will be able to create a virtual universe on a computer and within this virtual universe we will be able create virtual beings with the capacity to think, dream, love and basically do everything humans do.
And, when that happens, to these virtual beings, their virtual environment will be considered the “Natural” while everything else, mainly our realm of existence, will be considered by them as “the Supernatural”.
So in other words, if naturalism is correct, then someday WE will become supernatural to intelligent entities that WE create. And, if we can do it, no reason why it could not have been done to us.Share