Thursday, March 30, 2006

God isn't watching us?

Apparently praying for people doesn't actually do any good.

Well, duh.

It always amazes me that people can intone their belief that praying for someone will help them, and expect to be taken seriously, but when someone says "oh, well I believe in unicorns" that same person will think the unicorn believer is crazy.

No doubt the religious-minded will find a way to spin away these results. After all, empiric evidnece is always open to differing interpretations.

What I also love is how you can make up a "foundation" or "institute" with a fancy name, and it gives you credibility:
I would hate to have premature closure based on a handful of studies," said Marilyn J. Schlitz of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, Calif. "We just don't know enough about this to close the door."

What the hell is Noetic Sciences?

Any suggestions for what Mike and I can name our institute? A prize to the best name that will allow us to say "Mike and Dean, of the Institute for XXX, say that . . . . "

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