I was arguing with a8972147 on nidan’s site and he was being his usual asshole self. He was arguing about intercessory prayer, claiming it worked. To “prove” it did, he cited multiple studies, all of which (if you bother to read them) concluded either that it didn’t work, or had a negative effect on patient health.
But that’s not the good part. This is seriously trippy. So he posts another two links, one is another study that concluded that it had no effect (he just doesn’t learn, lol) and the other is a study done by an israeli physician where they tried to pray that god would go back in time and change the outcomes of past illnesses in minor ways. That’s right, they got the medical records, didn’t look at them, and prayed for half of the past-patients with blood infections to have gotten better quicker… in the past.
From the introduction here:
“As we cannot assume a priori that time is linear, as we perceive it, or that God is limited by a linear time, as we are, the intervention was carried out 4-10 years after the patients’ infection and hospitalisation. The hypothesis was that remote, retroactive intercessory prayer reduces mortality and shortens the length of stay in hospital and duration of fever. “
This is easily the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time.