--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, TurquoiseB <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, TurquoiseB <no_reply@> wrote:
> >
> > I would say that the same phenomenon would be present
> > in research on any technique of meditation in which
> > the meditators were devoted practitioners of the
> > technique being "researched." They already know what
> > they're hoping to find, and thus they "find" it.
> That should have been:
> ...in which the *researchers* were devoted practitioners...
> I just don't understand why anyone would take "research"
> seriously that is undertaken by someone who obviously
> wants that research to turn out a certain way. Too much
> of the TM "research" is sadly in the same category as
> studies on smoking paid for by the tobacco industry.

Again, a great deal of scientific research is
undertaken by those who would like it to come
out a certain way.  Until it's been published
in a peer-reviewed journal and evaluated by the
scientific community, *no* research should be
taken seriously.

But just as research that hasn't gone through this
process should not be assumed to be valid, so it
should not be assumed *not* to be valid.

Somehow I have the feeling that you would take
research concluding that TM isn't effective or
has awful negative side-effects quite seriously
even if it hasn't yet gone through the reviewing
process.  It wouldn't even cross your mind to
ask whether the researchers wanted it to "come
out a certain way."

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