---This is a still life of me upon learning that there is no soul. Either that, or it's a man from Nantucket.
Well, the news media took up the big failed prayer study today. You can read about it everywhere. or on onegoodmove.org (see my links column). One of the weird findings was that those in a test group who knew they were being prayed for had more complications. Researchers postulated that this may be due to the extra anxiety of knowing that people are worrying about them, and/or the psychological distress of knowing that your condition is serious enough to warrant people you don't even know to pray for you. Anyways,
I thought the following comment was hillarious. This may turn out to be a running national joke. Taken from onegoodmove website:
Study: Prayer doesn't affect heart patients
There is an important lesson in this for those that believe in the efficacy of prayer. If you have to pray don't tell the victim, then at least you'll do no harm.
In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that having people pray for heart bypass surgery patients had no effect on their recovery. In fact, patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher rate of complications.
Oh, I almost forgot, my letter to the VP.
I heard you have a history of heart problems. I just want you to know that if, God forbid, you are hospitalized for treatment that I'll be praying for you.