Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Am praying they donate the money to the needy instead

The John Templeton Foundation doesn't like the results of the million-dollar, nearly-ten-years-in-the-waiting prayer study it bankrolled.
Analysts, however, had pointed to methodological weaknesses calling these results into question. In view of both the empirical uncertainties and the potential significance of a non-null result, the Foundation's advisory board advocated that substantial resources be put forth in order to advance methodological rigor in the design and execution of a new "blue ribbon standard" study.
I guess they won't stop until they get positive results.


April 5 erratum: I had egregiously misread the Templeton statement. As KipEsquire clarifies the "methodological weaknesses" refer to those of previous studies. My apologies to the Foundation and to all.


KipEsquire said...

I think you're misreading the press release (as I also did at first). They're referring to the previous studies having "methodological weaknesses," not their own STEP research.

Edwardson said...

I think you're right. Will put the necessary erratum on the blog entry. Thanks!