The problem is related to the definition of "supernatural" as referring to ontologically basic mental things.

Not everyone who believes that a stone is healing power believes that they are ontologically basic.

A stone that does "healing" would be like having a type of acid that only dissolves shirts--it has no way to know whether something is helpful or harmful any more than the acid has a way to know that something is a shirt.

If you have an ill person telling them to get a good nights sleep, helps them heal in a fairly diverse se... (read more)

Not everyone who believes that a stone is healing power believes that they are ontologically basic.

But she is actually treating healing as an ontologically basic concept, even if she doesn't understand that she is doing so. That's enough.

She thinks it's possible for a stone to heal and do nothing else. It's not possible, unless the stone contains an intelligence that can determine whether a physical change made by the stone is "healing". It's every bit as absurd as having an acid that only dissolves shirts.

In practice she might tell you:

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Open thread, Apr. 01 - Apr. 05, 2015

by MrMind 1 min read31st Mar 2015180 comments

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