Monday, April 10, 2006

Back off, man. I'm a scientist.

This just in: praying doesn't do shit. Okay, that's not just in; I read that last week. And I knew praying was stupid long before that. But anyway, I find it rather embarrassing that a respected institution like Duke would waste their time with something like this. Sure, it puts some kind of clinical, official stamp on the issue, but this is something we should all know if we're not idiots, which many of us are.

I find this even more embarassing than that whole rape scandal they have going on. No, not that one. But when it comes to student athletes getting drunk, going nuts, raping strippers, errrrr, exotic dancers, and sending e-mails about skinning people alive, we expect that, at least from the guys. And this is why male student athletes should be exterminated.

Distant prayer and the bedside use of music, imagery and touch (MIT therapy) did not have a significant effect upon the primary clinical outcome observed in patients... Therapeutic effects were noted, however, among secondary measures...

If you don't already know this, you're a retard. Can I get a job on staff at Duke Medical? If you know people are praying for you or you are praying yourself, I can see how it could have some side benefits. By lowering stress and whatnot it may help matters a little, but it's not going to directly fix what's wrong. And why not? Do I even need to answer that question here anymore?

I really don't have anything new to add to this notion since I've been over this before, but it really does need to be said once more what a bunch of weak-ass shit prayer is. Praying for yourself is bad enough, but the absolute worst is praying for someone else. That is the biggest fucking cop-out ever. Nah, I'm not going to do anything real to help this person; I'm going to say some words (maybe not even out loud) to a man who doesn't exist or wouldn't do shit anyway even if he did. It's merely a way for the powerless to feel like they're doing something or having an impact when they aren't.

Another religious item that came up recently was this, which is yet another waste of fucking time. Okay, it pisses of some Christfuckers, so it's not a total waste, but really. Do we need to explain those stories from the bible, events which for all we know may or may not have ever happened? Maybe Jesus really walked on water. Maybe it was actually something he was floating on. Or maybe, just maybe it's all total made-up bullshit. We have no way of knowing what happened, if anything, because none of us were there. So stop all this intellectual masturbating, for Christ's sake.

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