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Lynch speaks on mind matters
by Emily Smith
Oregon Daily Emerald Translate This Article
11 November 2005
On 11 November 2005 Oregon Daily Emerald reported:
Director David Lynch, who has experienced inner peace as a result of his 32-year practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme(TM), spoke to University of Washington students about creating world peace through the group practice of TM. Scientific evidence of the benefits of TM were cited by co-speakers quantum physicist Dr John Hagelin and neuroscientist Dr Fred Travis, and by an EEG demonstration of improved brainwave coherence in a meditating student.
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Lynch told students that he had started a foundation to help support students across the country who wanted to learn TM, and that he wanted to 'start the spread of peaceful consciousness in Washington, DC, where 500 students are about to embark on Transcendental Meditation classes'.
According to reporter Emily Smith, Dr Hagelin, quantum physicist and president of Lynch's new foundation, explained how the coherence of electrical activity in the brain directly affects memory, emotional maturity, creativity and IQ levels, and how TM helps to build the more coherent patterns which improve those functions.
The scientific basis of the practice was underscored again as neuroscientist Dr Fred Travis, director of the Center for the Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at the Maharishi University of Management, in Fairfield, Iowa, measured the brainwaves of a student as he meditated in front of the audience. The audience watched on the overhead projector as the student's brainwaves changed from erratic and unsynchronized to even and synchronized in a matter of seconds.
Travis explained that the frontal lobe of the brain was extremely important in decision making. Not only did he show a scan indicating the inactive frontal lobe of a violent criminal, but he brought the point home by observing that constant stress, even in an educational setting, inhibits the normal functioning of the frontal lobe. Travis noted that because TM strengthens this part of the brain it is an important tool for students.
Travis also warned the audience that the way a person uses his or her brain today affects the brain they will have tomorrow.
The talk was sold out, with a large crowd watching from an overflow area. The article said that people at Oregon State University and Western Oregon University also saw the broadcast.
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