can you explain this in a layman's terms:<quoted text>
They come from the mechanisms of a mostly deterministic universe.
Ignorant and superstitious minds tend to attach meaning and agency where none is evidenced.
Winning the lottery will be a miracle for some. Recovering from cancer will be a miracle for some. Not understanding why something happens provides an opportunity for some people to believe an explanation that supports something else they believe. This illustrates the very strong need that some people have to justify beliefs born of faith. As an example, some Christians see the hand of God anywhere they can imagine it. Likewise, they see the work of Satan in just as many places. Ignorance and superstition work together, each reinforcing the other.
This stuff is really damaging.
"They come from the mechanisms of a mostly deterministic universe."