Impossible means absolutely-unexplainable
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Impossible means absolutely-unexplainable. Absolutely unexplainable means that there is no know explanation and no reasonable probability that and explanation is ever going to be developed. Regardless of how much research we do, and how much time we spend trying to understand, there is no reasonable probability that we are ever going to be able to explain how a bachelor can be married or a circle can be square. Absolutely-unexplainable means impossible. If there is no reasonable possibility that anyone is ever going to be able to explain how something could be possible then it is impossible.
For example, could my ceramic coffee cup on my desk begin thinking and start talking to me right now. I do not believe that anyone will ever be able to explain how that could happen or how that could be possible, and therefore it is impossible for that to happen. If we do not know of any way that something could happen and we do not have any reason to think that any explanation of how something could happen could ever be developed, then it is reasonable to believe that it is impossible.
There are things that we might think are impossible that turn out to be possible. In 1825, Auguste Comte declared “The one thing that man will never know is the chemical composition of the stars”. He knew how far away the closest stars were and he knew how hot the stars were so he was sure that nobody would ever journey to a star and get a sample. Within about 2 decades of Comte’s statement, astronomical spectroscopy was being used to determine the composition of various stars. Comte had good reasons to think that we would never know the composition of stars, but good reason is not infallible any more than any other human knowledge is infallible.
There are lots of things that we cannot yet explain, but that we expect to develop explanations for someday. We do not know why the constants of the Universe have the values that they have, or how the big bang happened, or how abiogenesis happened, but those things are simply unexplained. They are not absolutely unexplainable because there is no reason to think that we cannot eventually find a natural explanations for them.
Fro example, if we define a God as a being who is capable of doing magical things for which there cannot be a natural explanation, then the God is impossible for the same reasons that anything else that is impossible. A magical God is impossible because we cannot explain how he performs magic, and there is no reasonable possibility that anyone is ever going to be able to explain how he can performs magic.
when you say "faith" I think "evil lies"
when you say "god" I think "santa clause"