Friday, March 24, 2006

Prayer Study Tomfoolery

Okay, just when I thought I was out of wrath-juice, something monumentally stupid comes along and fills the ol' gas tank.

According to this article at the Washington Post, there are studies still being done on intercessary prayer. Jebus! I thought that whole load of crap had gone away already.

Here. I'll save millions in research money: IT DOESN'T WORK! Come on, people.

The "healers" of all stripes, along with their supporters, are doing the typical wiggle-jiggle whenever science puts the kibosh on one of their pet beliefs. What really pisses me off, although it doesn't really surprise me, is that the WP is giving this story the Fox "fair and balanced" treatment, giving at least temporary legitimacy to the woo-woo crowd.

This is a waste of time and money. But confirmation bias and anecdotal evidence apparently trump reality once again.

2 Comments:

Blogger Ranson said...

Did you check the online poll? 86% of respondents said "of course it works!"

Sigh.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Coralius said...

Sad, isn't it? Of course, with over 90% of Americans believing in some spooky guy in the sky who likes to watch them when they pee, or his equivalent, what do you expect?

7:34 PM  

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