Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Dalai Lama censored

NY Times news:
The Dalai Lama, the exiled leader of Tibet who is revered as a spiritual teacher, is at the center of a scientific controversy.

He has been an enthusiastic collaborator in research on whether the intense meditation practiced by Buddhist monks can train the brain to generate compassion and positive thoughts. Next month in Washington, the Dalai Lama is scheduled to speak about the research at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

But 544 brain researchers have signed a petition urging the society to cancel the lecture, because, according to the petition, "it will highlight a subject with largely unsubstantiated claims and compromised scientific rigor and objectivity."
Scientists seem very narrow-minded when they try to stop someone from speaking. Sure, the Dalai Lama is not a scientist, but he is reporting on legitimate research. And this is neuro-science, a field that is overrun with quacks as it is. Here is an article about using brain scand to try to diagnose psychological disorders.

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