Bahamas trip: Day 7

June 27th, 2009

Today I help with interviews. The first one (with Eulese Storr) is indoors, and consists mainly of talking. I take a couple of photos of the woman and her great-grandchildren. The second interview of the morning is just down the road from the first. Susalee Anderson shows us some bush plants (hardback, strongback, and frog tree, if I recall correctly) and sets them to boil for tea. More conversation, more poking around outdoors. There is an encounter with fire ants. After lunch there is another interview (with Miss Edna), but more brief. We mainly look at plants out in the bush.

Finally, after dinner, we have some time for snorkeling. My dad and I swim around in front of GRC and to the west until the sun sets. We encounter a hungry, hopeful clam, something that looks like this scale worm (but longer), a gelatinous blob in its natural habitat, and many foot-wide sea-stars.

Summer 2009: Research and jobs

May 24th, 2009

I decided not to go home to Charlottesville for the summer after the spring semester ended. Instead, I am staying up in Boston until school starts again in the fall.

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Intercessory prayer study: failed experimental setup

March 30th, 2006

Waldo recently posted a link to a story about an intercessory prayer experiment published in the American Heart Journal. I disagree with the conclusions reached by Waldo and others, who claim that the study shows that prayer can have a harmful effect on patients.

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