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Old 10th November 2011, 01:29 PM   #1
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What's the difference between "paranormal" and "supernatural"?

Yeah?

A ghost is paranormal, the Holy Ghost is supernatural?



It seems to me that Hume's approach to miracles (supernatural) work just as well to alledgedly paranormal phenomena.
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Old 10th November 2011, 01:40 PM   #2
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I'm not aware that there is a difference.
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Old 10th November 2011, 01:53 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Humes fork View Post
Yeah?

A ghost is paranormal, the Holy Ghost is supernatural?



It seems to me that Hume's approach to miracles (supernatural) work just as well to alledgedly paranormal phenomena.

"Paranormal" is a broad category generally encompassing all unscientific folklore, legends, or unproven claims of things that are said to occur beyond or outside of "normal" human experience or understanding. It can refer to any objects or beings believed but never shown to exist, pseudoscientific methods or claims that are unproven and unsupported by science, as well as any alleged unexplained phenomena that are undetected or undetectable.

"Supernatural" is a more specific category that denotes things outside of, or superior to, nature. It mostly involves metaphysical and theological concepts. The supernatural includes such entities as gods, ghosts, the undead, etc., as well as alleged occurrences such as miracles, prophecies, the afterlife, reincarnation, near-death experiences, BVM sightings, etc. The supernatural is a subset of the paranormal. All supernatural things are by definition paranormal, but some paranormal things such as cryptids, outer space aliens, homeopathy, ball lightning, etc. are not necessarily supernatural.
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Old 10th November 2011, 03:10 PM   #4
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It is extremely rare to find someone who claims paranormal abilities actually using the word paranormal. Instead they reference themselves with "supernatural", "super psychic", "special intuitive", "wonderous contactee", "special teacher", "shaman", "partner and spiritual guide", and "entity host", "medium", "investigator", "police psychic", "detective", "natural caller" --- and others.

Essentially they put the spot light on themselves because of their super arrogance, self glorifications, and unlimited ego. And those are all good indicators that they are not paranormal capable, but likely either delusional and/or setting up their next target.
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Paranormal - Beyond the normal
Supernatural - Above the natural

I guess "Ultranatural" would be a closer synonym to paranormal, but they're still pretty damn close.

Natura ne plus ultra, as I like to say in faux Latin.
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Old 11th November 2011, 09:31 AM   #6
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I wrote about this exact topic not long ago:
http://skeptoid.com/blog/2011/10/24/...ng-in-between/
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Old 11th November 2011, 09:46 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by idoubtit View Post
I wrote about this exact topic not long ago:
http://skeptoid.com/blog/2011/10/24/...ng-in-between/

Yeah, that sums it up nicely.
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That's easy. Paranormal doesn't follow you around after you get done using it.
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Old 11th November 2011, 11:17 AM   #9
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Paranormal is a movie
Supernatural is a TV show
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