Some will find this report in the New York Times, interesting:
The Morality of Meditation
But does meditation work as promised? Is its originally intended effect — the reduction of suffering — empirically demonstrable?
To put the question to the test, my lab, led in this work by the psychologist Paul Condon, joined with the neuroscientist Gaëlle Desbordes and the Buddhist lama Willa Miller to conduct an experiment whose publication is forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science.
-- http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/07/opini ... html?_r=1&
Your considered thoughts, as always, are appreciated.
Good morning Ben,
I don't know your background when it regards sample size and truly understanding statiscal analysis and tools, but this one is a bit gapped. The pool size of 20 with an even smaller control group does not give us reliable data, but it may give us an idea of the trend. Not to mention, I am curious of how many would help an ailing man versus an ailing female, which culturally are more likely to receive help (at least in my observation).
Regardless, I will admit my own bias and like what they are concluding. Meditation works! Haha, although I didn't need an article to tell me that. I would like to see a more complete and thorough study with closer to at least 200 meditators and 200 non-meditators (control group). And instead of a male or female in distress, use a cat or dog with two other people ignoring the animal while waiting (something of that nature). I've found in my own practice my own levels of compassion for all beings increase and that'd be quite revealing (I think).
Thanks for sharing the article. Oh, I like how they point out how google is kind of misusing meditation for corporate gain; I can't blame them though lol.