The Columbia University 'Miracle' Study: Flawed and Fraud

It must be emphasized that, in the entire history of modern science, no claim of any type of supernatural phenomena has ever been replicated under strictly controlled conditions. The importance of this fact cannot be overstated. One would think that all medical journal editors would be keenly aware of this fact and therefore be highly skeptical of paranormal or supernatural claims. One must therefore wonder if the Columbia researchers and the JRM editors were blinded by religious beliefs. Everything else being equal, if the claimed supernatural intervention had been Ms. Cleo manipulating Tarot cards rather than Christians praying, would the reviewers and editors have taken this study seriously? In any case, the damage has been done. The fact that a “miracle cure” study was deemed to be suitable for publication in a scientific journal automatically enhanced the study’s credibility. Not surprisingly, the news media quickly disseminated the “miraculous” results. —Bruce FlammThe Columbia University ‘Miracle’ Study: Flawed and Fraud (The Skeptical Inquirer)

A fascinating glimpse into the world of peer-reviewed scientific research. I love the illustration, of a man praying, “Please don’t let them investigate the study…”