Thursday, March 30, 2006

Once again science fails to answer life's most fundamental question?

The scientists, led by Dr. Herber Benson of Harvard Medical School, emphasized that they looked only at the effect of prayer on the patients in their study – and could not address questions such as whether God exists or answers prayers.

The volunteers were given a patient's given name and last initial, and prayed for "a successful surgery with a quick, healthy recovery and no complications."

Patients were divided into three groups:

* One set of patients was being prayed for and knew it.
* The second group was also the subject of prayers, but only knew it was a possibility.
* Patients in the third group weren't prayed for, although they were told they might be.

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The researchers said they had no explanation for the higher complication rate among patients who knew they were being prayed for.
Frater P says . . .

The Universe is the Practical Joke of the General at the Expense of the Particular, quoth FRATER PERDURABO, and laughed.

But those disciples nearest to him wept, seeing the Universal Sorrow.

Those next to them laughed, seeing the Universal Joke.

Below these certain disciples wept.

Then certain laughed.

Others next wept.

Others next laughed.

Next others wept.

Next others laughed.

Last came those that wept because they could not see the Joke, and those that laughed lest they should be thought not to see the Joke, and thought it safe to act like FRATER PERDURABO.

But though FRATER PERDURABO laughed openly, He also at the same time wept secretly; and in Himself He neither laughed nor wept.

Nor did He mean what He said.

1 Comment:

Pietr said...

If you talk to god you are religious.
If he answers, you are nuts.