Over the past few days I've been learning to pick locks. At this point, I can pick several of the simpler padlocks and trigger locks, release handcuffs and even managed to open a SentrySafe. With movies as my only guide, it had always seemed like a black art.
The lesson I learned was not to elevate anything to the realm of the unknowable. There's an interesting passage in Roger Zelazny's "Lord of Light" where two characters debate whether it makes a difference that a being that looks and acts like a mystical being (a demon) is supernatural or not. In fact it makes all the difference. Accepting the mysticism would be bowing to the unknown (i.e., the supernatural) whereas treating the unknown as something explicable is the first step to understanding. That is, we may not know it now but we can know it.