Friday, March 31, 2006

"It's very science-stuff"

Canine Reaction to Mona Lisa
Thanks to Minoriteam for the title.

First, the researchers who brought us "Feline Reactions to Bearded Men" have turned their experimental apparatus to "Canine Reactions to the Mona Lisa."

Our results can be summarized as follows: All dogs displayed a physical reaction to the photographs. The physical reactions can be categorized as follows: licking; or chewing; or both. The results were identical, as best we could tell, whether the room was lighted or entirely dark.


We conclude that dogs are not indifferent to photographs of the Mona Lisa.
In slightly less groundbreaking research, a theorist discussed earlier queries:

Could predation be malevolent design? That was certainly the way Darwin viewed the matter. As I read the geologic record, predation goes all the way back to the Cambrian period. If it is malevolent, then the fall of Satan is much earlier than that of Adam, and creation is already not so good by the time Adam comes along. These are things that theologians, scientists and philosophers need to think about.

What about disease?
Perhaps if disease is malevolent disease, caused by evil angels, prayer might be the solution. It is with sad heart that I report that your prayers won't fix my heart:
In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that having people pray for heart bypass surgery patients had no effect on their recovery. In fact, patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher rate of complications.
When ID lover and science standards reviser Bill Harris tried his hand at this question he managed to get a result by inventing his very own statistic to measure health. How foolish of these Harvard eggheads to miss that important part of the established procedure in this field.