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An Antidote to Violence

Evaluating the Evidence

Barry Spivack, Patricia Anne Saunders


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It's widely accepted that Transcendental Meditation (TM) can create peace for the individual, but can it create peace in society as a whole? And if it can, what could possibly be the mechanism? In An Antidote to Violence Barry Spivack and Patricia Anne Saunders examine the peer-reviewed research and suggest that TM can influence the collective consciousness of a society which leads to a decrease in negative social trends, such as a decline in war fatalities, and to an increase in cooperation between nations. Weaving together psychology, sociology, philosophy, statistics, politics, physics and meditation, An Antidote to Violence provides evidence that we have the knowledge to reduce all kinds of violence in society.

Changemakers Books, 9781789042580, 360pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2020

About the Author

Barry Spivack studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University before training as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation. He teaches Transcendental Meditation in Essex, mainly in schools, companies and with patients in the UK National Health Service. Barry lives in Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK. Patricia Saunders studied music before training as a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique. She is now a Ph.D. researcher in the department of Maharishi Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management, researching into consciousness and Vedic sound from the perspective of the Vedic tradition of knowledge. She lives in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.