Don’t pray for me, for god’s sake!

I just stumbled across the very interesting STEP study:

Intercessory prayer is widely believed to influence recovery from illness, but claims of benefits are not supported by well-controlled clinical trials. Prior studies have not addressed whether prayer itself or knowledge/certainty that prayer is being provided may influence outcome. We evaluated whether (1) receiving intercessory prayer or (2) being certain of receiving intercessory prayer was associated with uncomplicated recovery after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

The results reveal what should be obvious anyway: Intercessory prayer doesn’t work. One amusing aspect of the study results is that the test group that had been told it was going to be prayed for showed significantly more complications in the 30-day period following the operation (58.6%) compared to the other groups (52.2 and 50.9). That is probably just a chance statistical burst, but maybe also due to some psychological effect. This is totally unfounded speculation on my part, though.

On a related note, Daniel C. Dennett, author of Darwin’s Dangerous Idea and Breaking The Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, recently had to undergo surgery due to a dissection of his aorta, but seems to be recovering well. Thank Goodness, and please don’t pray for him!

Published on November 5th, 2006

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  1. On 06 Nov 2006 at 12:48 anna Said:

    i love your printer, darling!

  2. On 06 Nov 2006 at 12:49 anna Said:

    wenn du deine einträge auf deutsch machen würdest, hätte ich vielleicht sogar die muße (was für ein wort!) sie zu lesen und darauf zu antworten! hehe

  3. On 06 Nov 2006 at 12:57 anna Said:

    don’t pray for me argentiiinaaaa

  4. On 06 Nov 2006 at 13:18 Thomas Said:

    evita, seit wann hast du denn eine affäre mit meinem drucker??

  5. On 08 Nov 2006 at 22:24 anna Said:

    🙂

    tja…

  6. On 11 Nov 2006 at 22:39 alexandra Said:

    uhhhh… that’s shocking news. but don’t you tell me that keeping one’s fingers crossed doesn’t help either, understood? 😉 so where have you been lately, mister?

  7. On 13 Nov 2006 at 20:53 alexandra Said:

    guten abend, du selbsternannte muse du! wie kommst du auf prügelkinder? nicht ganz durchblicken ich tu???

    drück mir auf alle fälle für morgen die daumen- ich hab lauter furchtbare sachen vor, die ich gar nicht kann: batiken und kekse backen kreisch

  8. On 14 Nov 2006 at 21:20 alexandra Said:

    uiiii, 200-300 seiten. warum denn so viel? hast du wieder mal nicht brav die hü gemacht, zu spät zu lernen angefangen???? hihi, du bemotzt wohl die falsche- ich bin jetzt auf der anderen seite. ich bin jetzt der feind! der lehrer!!!!! hihi. und- koffer! batiken, das ist eine stoffärbetechnik. das, was immer die alternativen alle anhaben, mit so coolen farbverläufen und ringen. kennst du doch!

  9. On 11 Dec 2006 at 13:06 anna Said:

    du schreibst auch nie einen neuen eintrag

  10. On 16 Jan 2007 at 19:15 alexandra Said:

    jetz bin ich dann langsam ordentlich angeschnuppert. grrrrr.

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