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Proof of the supernatural

In the AI thread there's been a lot discussion about things not observable by science, the soul, psyhic abilities, etc.

Today, I would just like to say that anyone who still doesn't believe in the supernatural hasn't been watching baseball.

Jim Rankin
Friday, October 17, 2003

I don't know about the supernatural, but I do believe in bad managing decisions.

bb
Friday, October 17, 2003

85 consecutive years of bad managing decisions?

Jim Rankin
Friday, October 17, 2003

Hahahah Jim ... baseball as an existence proof for God.  =-)

With good management, miracles can happen.
With bad management, miracles are necessary.

Alyosha`
Friday, October 17, 2003

Well, it's 95 years and counting for the Cubs.  But I thought you were referring to just the past few days.  Although it may count as supernatural stupidity to manage game 7 of a series as though it's the first game of a June doubleheader.

bb
Friday, October 17, 2003

"supernatural stupidity"

Exactly!  It's totally improbable that a man around baseball all his life, paid millions of dollars to manage a professional baseball team, could be that stupid.  It's much more reasonable to conclude his mind was clouded by the Babe's ghost.

I heard on the radio this morning that Derek Jeter told Aaron Boone half way through the game "Don't worry, the ghosts will come."

They certainly did.

Jim Rankin
Friday, October 17, 2003


It's good to know that the ghosts who favor the Yankees have greater influence in the physical world than those who favor their opponents. I wonder if the supernatural has a position on football as well.

Devil's Advocate
Friday, October 17, 2003

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Power of prayer found wanting in hospital trial

By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent

(Filed: 15/10/2003)

The biggest scientific experiment on prayer has failed to find any evidence that it helps to heal the sick.

Doctors in the United States will today disclose that heart patients who were prayed for by groups of strangers recovered from surgery at the same rate as those who were not.

The three-year study, led by cardiologists from Duke University Medical Centre in North Carolina, involved 750 patients in nine hospitals and 12 prayer groups around the world, from Christians in Manchester to Buddhists in Nepal.  [...]

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http://tinyurl.com/qzwi

Alex Chernavsky
Friday, October 17, 2003

"The biggest scientific experiment on prayer has failed to find any evidence that it helps to heal the sick."

What does this have to do with baseball?

Jim Rankin
Monday, October 20, 2003

"It's good to know that the ghosts who favor the Yankees have greater influence in the physical world than those who favor their opponents."

Fan of the Evil Empire, huh?

Jim Rankin
Monday, October 20, 2003

See, it's not just superstition, but a good scientific explanation:

http://www.nationalreview.com/ledeen/ledeen200310200826.asp

"You will be told that The Curse is not really an explanation, let alone scientific, but in fact it meets all the requirements for good science. First of all, it thoroughly explains the phenomenon: The deranged owner of the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees, and so the baseball gods punished him for his monumental error by causing the Red Sox always to lose. You can't ask for a more complete or convincing explanation than that. Second, the results can be replicated, as they have been for endless decades. Third, the theory accurately predicts future results (the eighth inning, for example, which, as Joe Morgan pointed out, cannot be explained any other way). Fourth, there is no convincing alternative explanation for the data. And fifth, it passes peer review. The players, owners, coaches, and fans of the Red Sox (the same can be said of the other accursed team, the Cubs) may say they don't believe it, but of course they do. They must."

Jim Rankin
Monday, October 20, 2003

If it can be "proved", it'll cease to be "SUPERNATURAL".
It you believe it, you'll see it.

Ritesh
Thursday, October 30, 2003

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