As suggested by Harris et al,1 effective remote, intercessory prayer could be explained by one of two mechanisms. It might represent a miracle: the intervention of God in the physical world by a supernatural force in ways that are incompatible with natural law. It might also represent a form of telekinesis: the movement (healing) of an object (human body) at a distance (remotely) with thought or will (prayer) by an unknown natural force. Miracle or telekinesis has never been shown to exist by credible, replicable scientific experimentation.
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