Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Science of Prayer

(image borrowed from Mamiya Medical Heritage Center)

Remember that time you read that prayer had been documented to be effective?

Shockingly, a massive study needed to be undertaken to prove this bit of wisdom untrue. The researchers did not get the results they were hoping for.

See William Saletan on Slate for more.

1 comment:

vacuous said...

It would be a strange cosmos where my fate depends on the prayers of others. On the other hand, I think praying does help others vicariously. Here's my train of thought. By praying for the well-being of person X, I train myself to actually desire well-being for others. This changes me, and helps me to help others directly. (Not necessarily person X, mind you.) Anyway, this is a discussion for Prajna Paramita, maybe.