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Peace in the Middle East: What academics have said about the Maharishi Effect    Translate This Article
12 July 2009

Press Release*

June 30, 2009

Peace in the Middle East is easily within our grasp, as indicated by a new scientific paper published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration on 29 June 2009.

The study addresses the possibility that a relatively small group of people practising the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programme®, founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, twice daily together in a group can create peace in the Middle East . . . .

[This phenomenon is called the Maharishi Effect. Please see
Part I of this article to read the main text of the Press Release.]


A: What academics have said about the Maharishi Effect

'The hypothesis definitely raised some eyebrows among our reviewers. But the statistical work is sound. The numbers are there. When you can statistically control for as many variables as these studies do, it makes the results much more convincing. This evidence indicates that we now have a new technology to generate peace in the world.'
Raymond Russ, editor of the Journal of Mind and Behaviour.

'I was initially sceptical, but having studied the research completed to date, I have concluded that these studies on the Maharishi Effect have subjected theory to proper empirical tests. They have shown sound results which demand serious interest.'
Ken Pease, Professor of Criminology at the University of Huddersfield, Chairman of the Belfast-based Centre for the Independent Research and Analysis of Crime, and Home Office adviser.

'In the studies that I have examined on the impact of the Maharishi Effect on conflict, I can find no methodological flaws, and the findings have been consistent across a large number of replications in many different geographical and conflictual situations. As unlikely as the premise may sound I think we have to take these studies seriously.'
Ted Robert Gurr, PhD, Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland.

'I want to express my support for this research. What we are really looking at here, I think, is a new paradigm of viewing crime and violence; and the new paradigm says, look to the individual acting in concert with other individuals to reduce crime constructively . . . . Having worked extensively on social problems in the District of Columbia for some 24 years at the University of the District of Columbia . . . I'd like to encourage taking this new idea very seriously . . . I would like to recommend that this new model that is being offered and advanced here, after a number of exhaustive and very carefully controlled studies, be considered, and that we think about ways that it might be implemented in the inner city with youth and community people who live here.'
Anne Hughes, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Government, University of the District of Columbia.

Global Good News comment:

* This press release was published in its entirety in Beirut-Online on 1 July 2009.

In the coming days, Global Good News will continue to feature Appendices B-I of the Press Release.

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