| | Re: Science proves the power of prayer
So you get an emotional reaction after eating magic mushrooms and taking mescaline. They had to do a study to tell them that? (is it just Native Americans are allowed peyote?)
Parts 1- 3 are general explanations of why we get emotional highs and which part of the brain is affected, either by chemicals or prayer or simply contemplating your navel. Not sure if there’s anything new there, but it was quite interesting. Leads on to all sorts of fascinating questions about the brain/mind/soul. I’m trying to get through Daniel Dennett’s Consciousness Explained at the moment - I need all the help I can get with it.
But Part 4 looks at “research to uncover whether a person's thoughts can affect another person's body”. They show part of a doco about the Institute of Noetic Sciences which isn’t exactly overburdened with scientific credibility (they investigate esp, clairvoyance etc). They’re trying to show that remote prayer works. But limited experimentation (one couple!), lots of unverifiable assumptions, no controls, no blind testing – just adds up to a lot of bad science.
Part 5 is Near-Death Experience. Look, just stay away from the light and you’ll be fine.