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An Antidote to Violence

AN ANTIDOTE TO VIOLENCE:
EVALUATING THE EVIDENCE
BY BARRY SPIVACK AND PAULINE SAUNDERS

The premise of An Antidote to Violence: Evaluating the Evidence, is that stress-reducing meditation can be applied for the larger, social good. To be specific, when Transcendental Meditation is practiced by a relatively small number of people in a city or a nation, there appears to be an immediate, concrete, powerful, and scientifically demonstrable influence of calm, coherence and peace that positively impacts the entire population, meditator and nonmeditator alike. According to peer-reviewed published research, after scientists con-
trolled for a wide array of confounding variables, the results were clear: group meditation produces reductions in crime rates, regional conflicts and war deaths, and other indicators of reduced societal stress in the entire population. It also leads to improvements in public health measures, such as reductions in rates of heart disease, anxiety, depression, and suicide. In other words, there is a cause-and-effect relationship.

An Antidote to Violence: Evaluating the Evidence explains the influence of Transcendental Mediation on society as a whole--what researchers have called the "field effects of consciousness." Written for the social scientist and the lay reader alike, it weaves together psychology, sociology, philosophy, statistics, politics, physics, and meditation, to provide evidence that governments have the knowledge to reduce all kinds of violence in society simply by creating coherence in collective consciousness and thereby neutralizing collective stress. In addition, it offers answers to key questions, including: does group meditation actually influence society? If so, how does it work? What is the evidence?
What do skeptics say? What are the implications for society? And perhaps most importantly: what are the next steps to secure scientific acceptance and public policy adoption?

If something so simple, universal, and cost-effective as more people meditating for their own personal benefit can translate into something so big that helps to heal the societal tensions that have fueled crime, violence, and conflict for millennia, then the future of our world can be unfathomably brighter than we could ever have imagined.

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