The view that only the material world (matter) is truly real, and that all
processes and realities observed in the universe can be explained by reducing
them down to their most basic scientific components, e.g., atoms, molecules, and
everything else thought to make up what we know as "matter." For
example, a reductive materialist would view the miraculous and unexpected
healing of a supposedly terminal cancer patient as a random coincidence of
solely biological and physiological processes in the person's body. While, on
the other hand, some might view the healing as stemming from factors
contributing to the biological factors, e.g., prayer or meditation.
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