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The concept of the supernatural encompasses anything that is inexplicable by scientific understanding of the laws of nature but nevertheless argued by believers to exist.[1] Examples include immaterial beings such as angels, gods and spirits, and claimed human abilities like magic, telekinesis, precognition and extrasensory perception.

Historically, supernatural powers have been invoked to explain phenomena as diverse as lightning, seasons and the human senses. Naturalists maintain that nothing beyond the physical world exists, and point to a lack of reliable evidence for anything supernatural, and hence maintain skeptical attitudes towards supernatural concepts.[2]

The supernatural is featured in occult and religious contexts,[3] but can also feature as an explanation in more secular contexts, as in the cases of superstitions or belief in the paranormal.[2]

References

  1. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supernatural
  2. 2.0 2.1 Halman, Loek (2010). "8. Atheism And Secularity In The Netherlands". In Phil Zuckerman. Atheism and Secularity Vol.2: Gloabal Expressions. Praeger. ISBN 9780313351839. ""Thus, despite the fact that they claim to be convinced atheists and the majority deny the existence of a personal god, a rather large minority of the Dutch convinced atheists believe in a supernatural power!" (e.g. telepathy, reincarnation, life after death, and heaven)" 
  3. Pasulka, Diana; Kripal, Jeffrey (23 November 2014). "Religion and the Paranormal". Oxford University Press. https://blog.oup.com/2014/11/religion-supernatural-paranormal/.