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“The tooth fairy claims to swap quarters for teeth…and delivers.”
Just got a weird mental image of the Tooth Fairy as the grizzled-cop character in a crime action/drama movie.
“You can’t take me off this case, chief! I GET RESULTS!”
Santa, the tooth fairy, and the Easter bunny all delivered. Jebus? Not so much.
That’s the true genius of the religion scam. Jesus doesn’t have to deliver on any promises until after you are dead. The central claim can’t be verified so long as you are still alive. And you need to give me 10% of your income to guarantee action.
As scams go, it’s one of the better ones.
Subjects were recruited prospectively at Charismatic Protestant meetings cosponsored by Iris Ministries (headquartered in Pemba, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique) and Global Awakening (headquartered in Mechanicsburg, PA), at four locations in Mozambique.
Second, although the study was prospective and controlled for some potential confounds such as AN, there was no control group, only a null hypothesis of no significant effect. Third, the study was not double-blinded. In support of experimenter reliability, several audition subjects showed no measurable improvement, despite self-reported improvement.
(from the study http://journals.lww.com/smajournalonline/Fulltext/2010/09000/Study_of_the_Therapeutic_Effects_of_Proximal.5.aspx)
Which I guess is why your article quotes the National Secular Society:
But Mr Sanderson, from the NSS, added: ‘This study, as it describes itself, is unscientific and therefore of no worth beyond its use as religious propaganda.‘It exploits the desperation of people living in extreme poverty who are unable to access proper medical care in order to bring them under the influence of these Pentecostal churches.’
But Mr Sanderson, from the NSS, added: ‘This study, as it describes itself, is unscientific and therefore of no worth beyond its use as religious propaganda.
‘It exploits the desperation of people living in extreme poverty who are unable to access proper medical care in order to bring them under the influence of these Pentecostal churches.’
Dude, the “Tooth Fairy” left me a computer game and a note when I had my wisdom teeth out. (I knew the scam long before then, it was more of a “celebration of a milestone” than anything else. The teeth themselves ended up as a donation to my biology instructor.)
But, yeah, Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, they may wrangle your parents in to “helping”, but they deliver! When was the last time Jesus followed through on a promise?
Damn, the tooth fairy didn’t visit me when I had my wisdom teeth out. I couldn’t even take the good painkillers. And it was New Year’s Eve, too.
A whole quarter? Twenty five cents! The baby jesus wouldn’t have to work hard to beat that!
The problem is that Jesus has been offered anything physical for an exchange. Maybe that kid should try putting his foreskin under his pillow.
I wonder if archaeologists 1000 years from now will think we all believed in Santa Claus and search in vain for the location of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
I’m having wisdom teeth put in; lets see if they work!
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