04/24/2007 12:50 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Medved Minute: 4/24

On his blog today, Michael Medved, noted medical statistician, claims a new study has found "surprisingly high levels of religious faith among America's physicians" and concludes:

"When those who focus on the most physical aspect of our lives show a healthy respect for spiritual power, it's reassuring not only in religious terms, but in terms of the practice of medicine."

Setting aside that the study, in the Archives of Internal Medicine, wasn't about religion, it was about "religion and spirituality" -- which can include aromatherapy, astral projection, palmistry and the belief that a Jedi's power flows from the Force - Michael is deliberately committing a logical fallacy intellectually beneath your brighter nine-year-olds, the argumentum ad verecundiam. Or, the appeal to false authority, like I have to tell you.

You know:

You should believe dogs come back as ghosts; Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King thought they did.

I'm sure to win the lottery - my dentist helped pick my numbers.

Guy de Maupassant had syphilis, and that's good enough for me.

It must be good to smell like urine. Michael Medved does, and he used to be on television.


Michael's blog is entitled New Study: Doctors Honor Faith, Healing Power of Religion. What percentage of doctors in the study believed that religion and spirituality "often changed 'hard' medical outcomes?"

Answer: Six percent.

Wouldn't a more accurate title be something like, New Study: Miniscule Fraction of Doctors Honor Faith, Healing Power of Religion?

Is Michael Medved stupid, or does he just think you are?