Thursday, September 07, 2006

Interesting Study

A University of Toronto study found that there is a link between physical washing and feelings of moral guilt. Read the short news brief for yourself here.
A couple of thoughts:
1. Perhaps any really vivid metaphor, especially one with such a long history, gets encoded in the brain as physical reality.
2. Perhaps this is an example of an expectancy effect. For example, why do people fall down when they get shot, even by a small caliber round lacking "stopping power"? Because that's what you're supposed to do. (This example I took from the book Stiff by Mary Roach)
3. Perhaps this is an innate desire for the waters of baptism, imprinted in our natures, but sought in ordinary water rather than in the water attached to the Word.

Again, my prime frustration with science reporting - thanks for the lead author, but what journal was this published in so that I can find and read it for myself? Does that really take up that much space?


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