I know that Hagelin is considered a bit of a crackpot.http://www.mum.edu/m_effect/dc_md.html [Broken]
The primary author seems to have some pretty impressive scientific credentials (if Wikipedia is to be trusted).
Anyone know anything about this?
"What the bleep" is definitely a crackpot film and discussion of it isn't even allowed here anymore."Recently, Hagelin participated in the What the Bleep Do We Know,  an independent film released in 2004, and winner of five film awards. "
One other thing:At the end of the demonstration period, Hagelin promised that over the coming year the results would be carefully analyzed according to strict scientific principles. As promised, he was back in Washington a year later with a 55-page report. It was a clinic in data manipulation. Smiling his unworldly smile, Hagelin announced that during the period of the experiment their analysis showed a significant reduction in psychiatric emergency calls, fewer complaints against the police, and an increase in public approval of President Clinton--all consistent with the hypothesis that a coherence-creating group of TM experts can relieve social stress and reverse negative social trends.
More significantly, he said, violent crime in the city had been reduced by a remarkable 18 percent. "An 18 percent reduction compared to what?" asked a puzzled reporter for the Washington Post, no doubt recalling the previous summers dreadful murder rampage. Compared to what it would have been if the meditators had not been meditating, Hagelin explained patiently. "But how could you know what the rate would have been?" the reporter persisted. That had been arrived at, Hagelin responded with just a trace of irritation, by means of a "scientifically rigorous time-series analysis" that included not only crime data, but such factors as weather and fluctuations in Earth's magnetic field.
Actually, to me it reads like someone who had some serious potential, but suffered a short-circuited in his brain. The jump from SLAC to the ficticious "Maharishi International University" is not one calculated to be career-enhancing for a scientist.The primary author seems to have some pretty impressive scientific credentials (if Wikipedia is to be trusted).