Implausible research: How much is enough?

Barrett, Stephen
April 2003
Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift;2003, Vol. 115 Issue 7/8, p218
Academic Journal
"Distant healing" encompasses prayer, therapeutic touch, and other methods whose practitioners claim to heal through what amounts to wishful thinking. Although no relevant healing forces have been objectively measured, researchers have looked for clinical effects that would imply that such forces exist. Any force involved in distant healing would probably be related to the force postulated for psychokinesis. No measurable force or effect of this type has been found despite many decades of research. When a faith-based treatment fails, some people blame themselves and get depressed. Thus it should not be assumed that supernatural approaches are harmless.


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