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You say its not a choice, but the decision to restrict scientific explanations to natural, non-intelligent causes seems to me to be a choice.

What forces scientists to subject themselves to this rule? Did science determine that this is a kind of physical law?

I would say that the usefulness of the scientific method is dependent on the constancy of the behavior of natural processes. Experiments cannot be repeated and predictions cannot be made if the experimenter has to rely on an inconstant agent cooperating with him. So it is a choice, but it is a pragmatic choice, and one that is well justified by the observed constancy of the processes we have so far described.

- Joe
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