posted on Feb, 23 2005 @ 03:42 PM
The Lilly Endowment must have some sort of interest in the subject, or they wouldn't have paid for the study.
It is always a good idea to assume that whoever funds research has influenced its outcome. Even if it's not deliberate, it does tend to happen. Just
the nature of the beast.
Aside from that, studies like these choose their methods and evaluation criteria based on what they expect to see. Again, the nature of the beast.
Testing The Waters
I am forced to wonder just what "shallow" really means in this case.
The image that comes to mind is some kid saying a blessing over his meal "...in the name of the Slaughter, the Sun and the Holy Goat, amen."
Then again, if the kid happens to be a Pagan, maybe he knows more about his religious beliefs than researchers might be able to appreciate.