Wow, this column in an Idaho newspaper really has to be seen to be believed. It’s from a local resident, writing in response to the Cranston prayer mural controversy, and there is some serious fertilizer being spread. It reads like something straight out of a Chopra lecture:
In the 1920s, the esteemed Harvard psychologist William McDougall suggested that religious miracles might be the result of the collective psychic powers of large numbers of worshipers. Michael Talbot’s book “The Holographic Universe” acknowledges this, as well as documenting several cases where meditative thoughts, intensive prayer, and strong faith in the goodness of humanity all interconnect for healing in various interesting ways that our scientific and spiritual leaders are just beginning to understand at the fundamental levels.
Some spirit-minded scientists speculate that prayer mysteriously creates far-reaching subatomic particles embedded with hopeful intentions. However, molecular levels of exactly how prayer works will probably remain a deep mystery for a long time. And that’s fine, because if we didn’t have some mystique in our lives, it would probably be pretty boring.
Pinning down precisely how the mystery of prayer operates on the quantum mechanics level proves to be elusive, and ironically that elusiveness itself is an element of the great mystery, as documented in fine detail by Martin Gardner in his groundbreaking classic “The Trickster and the Paranormal.” As some pet-owners tease cats with laser beams and the cat never quite catches it, I believe that we are floating in a similar boat under the godly stars within these unexplained realms.
This being said, and as frequently as we encounter prayer, religion, belief, and paranormal phenomena in our daily lives and media, it’s surprising that more public high schools and universities don’t offer deeper studies into these mystical matters. Not only should our public schools permit students to pray in school, if they so choose to do, but I would also encourage that more public schools offer intensive elective studies of kindness, religion, the paranormal, and other related intuitive languages of our hearts and souls.
Martin Gardner, one of the great skeptics this country has ever produced, must be rolling over in his grave at being cited in such an idiotic screed.