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The Asiriverse

Goal: A fictional universe within a fiction novel about a scholar documenting the boundaries of religion, science and magic in an alternate 21st century West Africa facing multiple threats: from the resurrection of a centuries-old curse in the Sahara and the convergence of demonic forces on the Atlantic coast to growing rates of supernatural crimes converging on Lagos city and havoc wreaked by hypernatural creatures. Hired as a consultant in the Anomalous Crimes Unit of the Nigerian Police Force, Madaki tries to uncover what is actually happening in the region.

Date: 1 January 2013 - 31 December 2031

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A fictional universe within a fiction novel about a scholar documenting the boundaries of religion, science and magic in an alternate 21st century West Africa facing multiple threats: from the resurrection of a centuries-old curse in the Sahara and the convergence of demonic forces on the Atlantic coast to growing rates of supernatural crimes converging on Lagos city and havoc wreaked by hypernatural creatures. Hired as a consultant in the Anomalous Crimes Unit of the Nigerian Police Force, Madaki tries to uncover what is actually happening in the region.
 
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*This is a fictional document (external prop) created for a fictional academic world in a fiction novel about religion, science and magic in West Africa. The author, designation, email address, research center and university are all fictional. Please do not cite.* A heuristic about the structural topography of reality (as biblically portrayed) is presented which proposes that nature and supernature are macro-systemically integrated within 'hypernature', but in such a way as to each possess their own unique subsystems which are operatively and constitutively autonomous and mechanically coherent to a robust, yet not thorough degree. Their integration implies the existence of nexuses/points of structural interaction which are unavoidably detectable from the natural standpoint. This structural topography also explains such intelligibility and why materialist-assumptive science is able to make such ample and extensive progress in understanding the natural system without the need to invoke extra-natural notions. However, the points where elements of nature and supernature interact (Nature-Supernature Nexuses-NSNs) should have observable effects on the nature-side, and due to the materialist assumption of conventional science, 'holes of explanatory inadequacy' are met in some cases. Due to psycho-intellectual frictions preventing relaxation of materialist assumptions, there is thus a mandate for religious scientists to explore these nature-supernature nexuses using the scientific method as a form of Nexus-Empirical Theology (NET) to correlate scriptural indications of the structural nexuses with scientific explorations of these holes. Three examples of nexus-empirical theology and rough frameworks for their investigation are proposed: the use of low-level psychokinesis experimental data as a means of estimating demonic inhabitance in samples; comparatively detecting the statistical influence of the Holy Spirit in the Christian conversion process; and the building of a prophecy database and use of conditional prophecy data to detect supernatural influence in world events.