The Null Device

A study at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has found that prayer makes no difference to patients' recovery rates; at least, if the patients don't know about it. Half of the 799 heart disease patients in the study were prayed for without their knowledge, and the other half were not, and researchers found no difference between the two groups' recovery rates.

(Of course, if the patients knew they were being prayed for, it might be different. And it's interesting to speculate on what the result would be if half of the patients were told they were being prayed for, but in fact, none (or all) were.)

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