This is for anyone afflicted with meta-madness:

“An excellent 2014 review by the Johns Hopkins University Evidence-Based Practice Center examined 17,801 papers on meditation and found 41 relatively high-quality studies involving 2,993 subjects. Of these 41 studies, only 10 had a ‘low risk of bias,’ according to the Johns Hopkins team. In other words, even the highest-quality studies were, for the most part, carried out and interpreted in a manner that favored positive outcomes.”

“The Johns Hopkins review concludes that meditation programs ‘reduce multiple negative dimensions of psychological stress.’ Sounds pretty good, right? But read the review carefully. The alleged benefits are low to moderate, and there is no evidence that meditation programs ‘were superior to any specific therapies they were compared with,’ including exercise, muscle relaxation and cognitive-behavioral therapy.”


About theurj

Also known as theurj. I've contributed some essays to Integral World and co-founded Open Integral blog, now defunct. I continue to participate in Integral Postmetaphysical Spirituality forum.
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One Response to Meta-meditation

  1. donsalmon says:

    This is a very poorly conducted study, reviewing poorly to moderately conducted studies. Scientific methodology has simply not developed to the point of having the legitimacy to explore meditation practices. As a psychologist, I’d add, it has a rather poor track record of exploring just about anything related to the mind.

    To be specific, I’m not aware of a single study (except for preliminary work by Alan Wallace) that seriously takes into account that fact that the vast majority of meditation subjects are not actually meditating when they say they are. It’s hard to imagine a more damning indictment of the meditation research literature (I say this as someone who has conducted meditation research), but, in fact, there are much worse aspects of the literature.

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