[NOTE: This thread originally started with some critical comments by myself on the nature and claims of the Transcendental Meditation movement. Since then, it was posted that this could constitute defamation. Because such an allegation requires treating seriously, the original comments and posts refering to those comments have had to be removed and the original post edited. - Brian] Vaj raised the topic of the Maharishi Effect and TM in another thread. While the TM movement appears to expound that this effect is very measurable and scientifically validated, I'd like to find out whether there are any scientific studies outside of the TM movement that actually validate their claims, and additional arguments about this. I have to admit to some degree of sceptism for the claims, and friends of mine have a very cynical attitude towards the methods of revenue generation in the TM movement. I'm willing to be educated here - what are member experiences of the TM movement, but from inside and outside of it, and can their claims really stand up to peer-reviewed scientific scrutiny?