Re: Constructivism,constructs, + Kellians

Michael McKee (
Thu, 13 Jun 1996 12:31:15 -0700

Hello Gary,

I have been lurking on the list for a few weeks now and have found the
discussions to be both interesting and informative. I will probably take
the time later to write an introduction but wanted to throw in a thought now.
Sorry that I am ignoring the general drift of this discussion but I recently
read a book which has caused me to question some of my beliefs about religion.
The book is "Healing Words" by Larry Dossey. Dossey cites some interesting
research on the efficacy of prayer. It seems that there is some pretty good
initial evidence to support the idea that prayer can effect living organisims.
The research subjects range from coronary patients to rye grass and lab rats
so there is something more than simple suggestion involved. I know that prayer
does not constitute more than a small part of religious beliefs and that this
is not scientific proof of the claims of religions. It is interesting, though,
that there seems to be a way to investigate some of the claims of religion
through the scientific method. For what it's worth.

best regards,

In message <> writes:

> [This is NEVER true of religious beliefs, so far as I know. Hence the
> fundamental difference between science and religion. Can you cite a
> single religious belief that can be, or better yet has been, tested
> according to the basic few steps of scientific investigation? Just one?

"You say I contradict myself. I say yes, I contradict myself. I am large. I
contain multitudes."
Walt Whitman