Things are Not Supernatural Because We Don't have an Explanation for Them

But shall gravity be therefore called an occult cause, and thrown out of philosophy, because the cause of gravity is occult and not yet discovered? Those who affirm this, should be careful not to fall into an absurdity that may overturn the foundations of all philosophy. For causes usually proceed in a continued chain from those that are more compounded to those that are more simple; when we are arrived at the most simple cause we can go no farther ... These most simple causes will you then call occult and reject them? Then you must reject those that immediately depend on them.


We cannot explain gravity, but that does not mean it is not a natural law.

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 Correspondence of Sir Isaac Newton and Professor Cotes
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Cotes , Roger (1850), Correspondence of Sir Isaac Newton and Professor Cotes, Retrieved on 2012-03-07
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