Throughout the thousands of years of human history, the world has been essentially viewed in this fashion in relation to the supernatural: The supernatural and the natural worlds, in the minds of most of humanity, intersected. Where they intersected, there was the paranormal: ghosts, spirits, and the like. Then along came the Enlightenment, and with it came many philosophers who were Deists. A deist believes that the Creator of the world basically wound the universe up and let it run, like a clock. They therefore believed that the natural and the supernatural did not intersect: This gap between the natural and supernatural has been called The Missing Middle. It is what has basically allowed science to step up and claim to be the best thing since sliced bread and people with paranormal or spiritual experiences to be labeled as mentally ill. Even many Christian denominations, except perhaps for the Roman Catholic Church and few others, have this similar world view. In fact, this notion of the Missing Middle was created by a missionary in India, who had no idea how to respond to the people's spiritual beliefs. Now don't get me wrong, science is a great tool. If it wasn't, then paranormal investigators would be out of the business. (And I wouldn't be spending 23 hours a day building water rockets and playing on Orbiter.) But many people have blown it far out of proportion, calling science "the study of everything" or "the search for truth". Science is completely confined to the natural world and the area where natural and supernatural intersect (to an extent). It cannot study the supernatural and therefore cannot come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as the supernatural. Deism progressed to naturalism, which eliminated the "supernatural" sphere entirely, and naturalism progressed to nihilism. On the other hand, very spiritual people, such as the kind you might find in the wake of the New Age movement, have eliminated the "natural sphere". Either of these actions is clearly incorrect in light of the success of science and the reality of the paranormal. I propose that we go back to the model that has been verified through investigation and has lasted for thousands of years. There is a natural, there is a supernatural, and... in some rare instances... you may catch a glimpse of the two fading into one another. This is just an article I cooked up for a paranormal group, but I was wondering... what is everyone else's take on it?