Study shows prayer helps

But the method must be adjusted if you happen to be an atheist.

OMG. As it were.

WARNING: your irony meter may break just after 2 minutes 10 seconds. Adjust your irony meters now. Do not drink coffee while watching this video.


  1. #1 Greg Laden
    December 20, 2010

    BTW, hat tip Erik Saulness

  2. #2 Kate
    December 20, 2010


  3. #3 Equisetum
    December 20, 2010

    “If you have an imaginary friend there’s something wrong with you.”

    My thoughts exactly.

  4. #4 Amy
    December 20, 2010

    My favorite part is the text: “Prayer relieves tensions, like a punching bag”

  5. #5 Scott
    December 20, 2010

    Head, meet desk.

  6. #7 Doug Alder
    December 20, 2010

    And those prayers keep bringing him altar boys for tension relief no doubt

  7. #8 Jared
    December 20, 2010

    So, as far as “prayer” goes, talking to gods/god has the same impact on psychology as talking to an imaginary friend… There is a perfectly logical (and really easy) explanation for this…

  8. #9 Observer
    December 20, 2010

    This wonderful. Imaginary friends are a problem? Yep. Two of the most famous imaginary friends are Jesus and God. It seemed the priest was on the verge of making that crucial distinction.

  9. #10 wrpd
    December 20, 2010

    You would think that the idiots at Fox would at least get a straight priest.

  10. #11 Eric
    December 20, 2010

    So. 75% of American pray on a weekly basis. I suppose this is meant to convey that Americans are good in this way.

    A similar story from the middle east would have the tag line “90 % of Saudis pray five times a day.”

    So, who’s better?

  11. #12 mikeg
    December 20, 2010

    oh my! wow! thanks for the warning.

  12. #13 Takeo
    July 22, 2012

    Acceptance of pseudo-science will deiclne when orthodox science becomes, shall we say, more scientific.I have no clue what definition of orthodox science you are using, but by my definition if orthodox science is acting like pseudo-science then it is definitely not orthodox.As for you examples, they merely indicate that science can get things spectacularly wrong (I never claimed otherwise, but it still gets things right more often than anything else), though it is worth noting that your examples of “race science” and eugenics are two theories that, while they began within orthodox science, they gained most of their prominence within the pseudo-science community.