Prayer is ineffective…AND, potentially harmful to both the prayer and the prayed for.
It gives the deluded a false sense that something is being done about a problem, to the extent that seeking real help (medical attention, emergency services, etc) is dangerously delayed.
“Seeking to assess the effect of third-party prayer on patient outcomes, investigators found no evidence for divine intervention. They did, however, detect a possible proof for the power of negative thinking.
The three-year Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP), published in the April 4 American Heart Journal, was the largest-ever attempt to apply scientific methods to measure the influence of prayer on the well-being of another. It examined 1,800 patients undergoing heart-bypass surgery….The study found no differences in survival or complication rates compared with those who did not receive prayers.
…the authors stated that they have no plans for a follow-up study. This one, sponsored largely by the John Templeton Foundation, cost $2.4 million.
Prayers offered by strangers had no effect on the recovery of people who were undergoing heart surgery, a large and long-awaited study has found.
And patients who knew they were being prayed for had a higher rate of post-operative complications like abnormal heart rhythms, perhaps because of the expectations the prayers created, the researchers suggested.
At least 10 studies of the effects of prayer have been carried out in the last six years, with mixed results. The new study was intended to overcome flaws in the earlier investigations. The report was scheduled to appear in The American Heart Journal next week, but the journal’s publisher released it online yesterday.
…congregations were told that they could pray in their own ways, but they were instructed to include the phrase, “for a successful surgery with a quick, healthy recovery and no complications.”
Analyzing complications in the 30 days after the operations, the researchers found no differences between those patients who were prayed for and those who were not.
Meta-studies of the literature in the field have been performed showing evidence only for no effect or a potentially small effect. For instance, a 2006 meta analysis on 14 studies concluded that there is “no discernible effect”
Official Statement from the Family and Partner of Aaron Swartz:
Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment. We are in shock, and have not yet come to terms with his passing.
Aaron’s insatiable curiosity, creativity, and…
Saddened by his death. Angered over the contributing factors. He was a brilliant and truly courageous individual.
Catching snowflakes on your tongue is the best.
Magritte TMNT by ben6835
Here we go again ! 2012 was a great year for Geek-Art, but it’s over now, so let’s think about what awesomeness will 2013 bring to us ! Well at least a few artshows, to be certain, but for the rest… Wait for it guys ! I wish you all the best for 2013. The cool thing about the geekdom is, whenever things go bad, we will always have Star Wars/Super Mario/Doctor Who/Lego Batman to cheer us up ! So let’s begin with some fresh new Geek-Art : the Magritte TMNT by ben6835 !
Et nous y revoilà ! 2012 était une année géniale pour Geek-Art, mais il est temps de passer à la suite ! Quelles merveilles vous attendent autour de Geek-Art en 2013 ? Hé bien au moins quelques expos, ça vous pouvez en être certains. Pour le reste… Vous verrez bien ! En tout cas, je vous shouaite une excellente année 2013, tout en sachant que même si ce n’est pas le cas, ce qui est chouette avec le geekdom, c’est qu’on aura toujours Star Wars/Super Mario/Doctor Who/Lego Batman (rayez/ajoutez la mention utile) pour nous remonter le moral ! Allez, c’est pas le tout, commençons l’année avec le Magritte TMNT de ben6835 !
Bonne année !
What kind of person VandalEyeses a Christmas tree?
Awesome Lego art is awesome!
Wow man. Very awesome as I’ve played all of those games!-MBG