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May 9, 2012

There might be another way

A few weeks ago I came across a 1993 study regarding the impact of meditation upon crime rates in Washington, D.C. The researcher, Dr. John Hagelin, had this to say about the project in “Shift, The Power of the Collective.” “From June through July of that summer (1993), we brought to the area a large number of practicing meditators and trained quite a few others. When the group reached a particular size -- 2,500 (ultimately reaching 4,000) -- which was about halfway through the period, there was a distinct and highly statistically significant drop in crime compared to expected rates based on previous data.Actually it dropped by 25 percent during the season of the year when there is typically a rise in crime.

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