The Supernatural

Welcome to the supernatural side of the World Wide Web. A place only whispered in hush tones until now. I have been fascinated with the paranormal and fantastic (in the literal sense of the word) as long as I can remember. I find that what some folks might call illusions, others believe to be real. Take for a simple, ok maybe even a simplistic analogy. Just recently my sister became engaged. She was showing off her “diamond” engagement ring for all to admire. It was a brillantly cut diamond which appeared colorless. Among my other esoteric knowledge, I knew that most diamonds have some tinge of yellow or brown to them. Only the most expensive are colorless. I new my sister’s fiance was not wealthy by any means. I couldn’t understand how she could have such a clear diamond. Well, it turns out the stone wasn’t really a diamond after all, though it sure appeared to be one. She and her fiance had gone online and found a site that sold cubic zirconia rings. This synthetic gemstone is certainly a good ringer for a diamond. However with the correct tools you would find that cubic zirconia is a thermal insulator while diamond is one of the most efficient thermal conductors. It has a rating of approximately 8 on Mohs hardness scale vs. a rating of 10 for diamond and its dispersion is very high at 0.058–0.066, exceeding a diamond’s 0.044 which accounts for its brilliance. Also, the price is so reasonable compared to a real diamond the same size. So here was a synthetic gemstone that although was not a real diamond, was in reality still solid and real, appearing to be one thing, but instead was something else. The incident made me reevaluate how I saw / perceived things, including the super natural. Those with whom I share this odd interest may find something new or informative within these ‘pages’.

As I grew to learn more about the vast and intricate forces that make up this cosmos, I realized that “supernatural” is no more an accurate term than “unnatural”; both words describe something that falls outside the realm of actual existence, yet the field is dedicated to the proof (or at least, the search) of something that does exist.

And yet the tendency to require proof, a fundamental element of the scientific process, itself becomes dubious as one strays further from the ‘normal’ into the paranormal. Can you not conceive of something which may exist in a way that precludes ‘normal’ methods of discovery and investigation? Scarcity of pertinent facts is always a challenge, but what if scientific proof is rendered impossible or problematic due to the very essential characteristics of the subject being studied?