The Skeptical Inquirer recently published an article by Robert Park (“Voodoo Science and the Belief Gene” (Park 2000a) which he excerpted from his book, “Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud” (Park 2000b). In his book and his article, Park lampooned the scientific research of Dr. John Hagelin and collaborators (Hagelin 1994, 1999), myself included. Based on 41 previous studies, we predicted publicly that a large group practicing the Transcendental Meditation program would lower violent crime levels in Washington, DC, by reducing stress and tension in society. During the 8-week experiment in the summer of 1993, violent crimes against the person (homicides, rapes, and assaults) decreased by 23% and closely tracked the rise in the number of participating meditators. The results were published in Social Indicators Research, a respected, peer-reviewed, scientific journal (Hagelin 1999).
Institute of Science, technology and Public Policy
So having PROVED SCIENTIFICALLY that positive thought can affect the actions and behaviours of others at a distance lets look how this exciting ability is able to help us individually, namely something overlooked in this thread and maybe where the true breakthroughs can be made in this area, making people happier, healthier and saving billions upon untold billions of $ a year namely the Placebo effect. All as the EXPECTATION, FAITH and BELIEF in an outcome happening in our thoughts, again affecting the reality away from the thoughts or consciousness, must accept this. The best example in my mind (now there’s a paradox eh?) is the following:
A total of 180 patients were enrolled, i.e. 59-61 in each group; 165 patients completed the trial, i.e. were present at all follow-up evaluations. The groups had similar characteristics at baseline. The mean age was 52, and 92% were male. About 29% had mild, 46% moderate, and 25% severe osteoarthritis, with 20% of them on prescription analgesics.
A Healthcare Professionals Journal (silly new age types you know PhD doctors with funding)
So therefore it has been again SCIENTIFICALLY PROVED that the thoughts and beliefs of people i.e. POSITIVE THOUGHTS, EXPECTED OUTCOMES, SUGGESTED REALITIES do the same as actually mechanically interacting with a physical object. Proof again of consciousness affecting reality or the material world.
Lets then look at some more examples of this and actually support the Thread Authors assertion that this type of interaction of Positive Consciousness or thoughts on external reality may even affect events like stopping Wars, or even the AUG 22 nd Meme propagated by those who have equally negative thinking patterns, again by a PhD holder.
Today I will review the methodology and results of a few key studies from a body of 50 studies demonstrating field effects of consciousness through the Transcendental Meditation technique (TM). These studies have found reduced crime rate and decreased crime rate trend in cities after 1% of their population learned the TM technique, controlling for demographic correlates of crime. Causal analyses of random samples of 160 US cities and 40 Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas over a seven-year period found stable causal structures in which the percent of the population practicing the TM technique predicted reduced crime in subsequent years. The greater the number of meditators in a city, the greater the reduction of crime in the cities in subsequent years, controlling for 13 crime-correlated demographics.
Oh another New Age Loony all these mad hippy PhD types eh? How strong are your beliefs on reality now?
OF COURSE AS MENTIONED HERE MANY TIMES BY SO CALLED “SCIENTISTS” REAL SCIENTISTS WOULD NEVER POSTULATE A LINK BETWEEN CONSCIOUSNESS AND THOUGHT AND EFFECTS AT A DISTANCE… THEY ALL BOUGHT THEIR PhD’s !! Must have done as my textbook and lecturer said different.
I really can’t be bothered to source and present this as a dissertation, which as some of the soo called “scientists” defending their Paradigms and therefore ultimately Ego’s here and society at large would. However I doubt upon reflection that many of the people upholding such views have actually got to ever submitting their final one, or are still a couple of years off doing so. So to save on the Harvard reference style I will let you do some research yourselves, if you are interested in the subject rather than just ego games and Paradigm defence. When I was doing many years ago my Degree I found researching and sourcing one the hardest skills to learn so I will allow you all space in this to personally develop yourself in these areas.
Please read understand source and LEARN and GROW about the truth of current research into Direct Influence of Individual Intention on the Statistical Distribution of Physical Random Events by the following submitted by REAL scientists in peer reviewed papers. (I wonder how many who are soo sure of their paradigms here have actually had a paper go to peer review?) This so called new age stuff has been researched by scientists for some time, probably before many posters were still getting to grips with quadratic equations and Quantum meant a cartoon character not the building blocks of nature, reality and consciousness. The following researchers found evidence of such Direct Influence on external to consciousness events, material objective reality and the like.
Radin and Nelson, 1989
Jahn et al., 1997
Dobbins and Nelson, 1997
Jahn, Dunne, and Nelson, 1987
Nelson et al., 1991
A whole interpretation and analysis of these papers and experiments and results was then done by Jahn and Dunne, 1997. Very interesting read that I would advise anyone who is interested in this area to dig around and look for themselves.
Of course lets not forget the billions spent by both the USA and Soviet military into remote influencing etc, please source and read the following book and I am sure your paradigms will be broken many times over, the best read Book of the year for me see where many tax dollars go namely How does your perception of (contd
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