AND THEN A MIRACLE HAPPENS...
ARE THERE MAGIC, MYSTICAL MIRACLES?
People often want to cite miracles as if they were magic, often from some mystical source. That simply does not line up with reality.
The reality is that all things are physical (matter, energy) where effects always occur from some (physical) cause. Even the brain operates off of the physical (chemicals, electrical).
WHAT IS "THE REALITY"?
What I am talking about here is buying into a type of thinkg that you should strictly avoid. People make up explanations that have no grounding in reality (facts) and/or no logical basis, often leaving out steps.
The classic "missing steps" cartoon example is in the "And then a miracle happens..."
In "and then a miracle happens", we are seeking a solution where we provide one or more steps to it and then take a giant leap of vague murkiness.
In the cartoon, the fellow writing on the chalkboard has written down several formulas in order to "prove" a solution, but right before the solution (which he has written in at the end of the blackboard), he writes "then a miracle happens".
And then the observer suggests "I think you should be more explicit here in step two."
WELL, MAYBE WE SHOULD BE MORE EXPLICIT!
However, in life it seems that we humans buy into all sorts of promises, based on partial explanations that use credible science but with the connection being very vague.
My favorite: "It's based on Quantum Physics."
[When Deepak Chopra is confronted on his knowledge, or lack thereof, of quantum physics, he fails to show that he is knowledgeable in it, though he uses it in explanations and theories...well, he is a good guy with lots of good stuff, but in this case, as with any of us, it is not about "goodness" or "badness" but about what is true and workable or not.] [Video excerpt from a debate: Quantum Physics excerpt (3:22); Sam Harris, Deepak Chopra, Religious Woo Woo (10:34); a followup discussion that is illuminating: The Nature Of Reality: Deepak Chopra And Michael Shermer: Ultimate Reality (1:55:22)] We can't simply say "science tells us", without using facts that are proven nor does it make sense "prove something" by merely saying "science tells us"]
SO, WHAT IS REALITY?