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This post was published more than 12 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 12 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Last week, Andrew Brown wrote a piece for Comment is Free that points out that the results of a trial exposing prayer as having a nocebo effect on patients in the US proves that the majority of said Americans don’t really expect prayer to work. There are obviously flaws in his arguments: At the most basic level, not beleiving in the power of prayer doesn’t necessarily preclude from beleiving in God, and certainly doesn’t mean that one is effectively atheist (with either a big or little ‘A’). But that doesn’t stop it being a interesting argument, and one that I would recommend you read.

The Comment is Free site is excellent, with a wealth of commentators from both ends of the political spectrum and everywhere inbetween. Go see!

This 858th post was filed under: News and Comment.

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