Monday, May 19, 2008

Fairfield Ass-Bounce-Bo-Ree

File under: Satscams and The Siddhi of PR

The "pandits" are coming to Fairfield, Iowa, and those who are about to bounce, salute... "coherence-creation," which we take to mean creating susceptibility in potential marks for the TM™ movement. At any rate, the dupes who think that bouncing on their asses on a big foam pad all day makes a difference in the world – all by some mysterious supernatural force dubbed the "Maharishi Effect," (naturally named for their spectacularly grandiose late guru) – are gathering in Iowa, just in case you live there and have an ass-bouncing or pandit phobia.

Meanwhile, we began to wonder just how objective is the reportage of the Fairfield Ledger after this bit of TM™ propaganda was offered as a set of established facts:
Studies have shown that group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs, including Yogic Flying, can foster harmony in society and reduce crime, war and other negative tendencies. In order to have the influence, research has shown the size of the group needs to exceed the square root of 1 percent of the population of a given area. That figure for the United States is 1,743.
It's quite clear the Ledger is a TM™ propaganda horn, just in case you live there but were under the impression they were a good, down home country newspaper.

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At 5/20/2008 12:12 PM, Anonymous Vaj said...

This whole "coherence" BS is still being used to market their latest scam despite the fact that when compared to adequate controls, alpha coherence actually goes down in TMers. It's only when they use their controls and their scientists that we see the smallest uptick in alpha coherence.

That's not to say alpha coherence is any big deal: it's not. Similar levels of coherence are seen routinely in normal human subjects. As the prestigious Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness points out on the TM orgs claims:

"Because alpha rhythms are ubiquitous and functionally non-specific, the claim that alpha
oscillations and alpha coherence are desirable or are linked to an original and higher state of consciousness seem quite premature."

Can you say "Pseudoscience Cult"? :-)

At 5/21/2008 11:11 AM, Blogger yomamma said...

also asses are ubiquitous, and the fact that Asses might bounce proves nothing either, of course if they were Alpa- Asses that might be different, still if it were true ,the porn industry would have lowered crime rates long ago. do they do naked ass bouncing? that might improve stats.

At 5/26/2008 8:41 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

If those folks could get my 40 acres ass to rise again, that would be quite a feat worth reportin!

At 6/01/2008 7:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You obviously don't know a thing about the Ledger which for years has published many anti-TM pieces. The majority of the population of fairfield is average rural non meditators and that is the Ledger's main demographic and they cater to it. The meditators there have their own weekly paper the Weekly Reader.


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