Interesting Test of the Power of Faith

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  1. Annie
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    Not really religious, more 'scientific':

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4167565.stm

    "Oxford University scientists will carry out experiments on hundreds of people in a bid to understand how the brain works during states of consciousness.

    One aspect of the two-year study will involve followers of both religious and secular beliefs being burnt to see if they can handle more pain than others.

    Some volunteers will be shown religious symbols such as crucifixes and images of the Virgin Mary during the tests.

    How scientists plan to torture volunteers
    Gel - A gel containing chilli can be applied to the back of the hand to simulate a burning sensation
    Heat-pad - A pad which can reach up to 60C will be put against the skin

    Researchers believe the study may improve understanding of faith, how robust it is and how easily it can be dislodged..."
     
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    LOL I'm glad Oxford is paying for this one. The results are bound to be highly revealing and significant :rolleyes:
     

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