Arguments Against Meditation Research

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Thousands of centuries have passed since the creation of the world and to present day. Since the first documentation in 1500 BCE, meditation has been in practice. This exercise has been known to achieve mindfulness, self-actualization, and tranquility. Meditation aids a person in concentrating his or her full attention on a distinct sound, visualization, breath, or peaceful state. This ritualistic practice has been shared from culture to culture and spread within the Eastern religions. Meditation has been known to have positive benefits, however many researchers question the reputation of this practice based on religious affiliation, and lack of evidence.
Although meditation has been practice throughout history, it did not become popularized within the United States until the late 1960’s. Beforehand, since meditation was affiliated with Eastern religion, many fundamentalists viewed meditation as strictly religious and stereotyped it as satanic ritual. Still meditation crept its way into the United States and was warmly welcomed by millions across the country. On the other hand, many people of the scientific community or people who are skeptical questioned the authenticity of the
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There is not much research demonstrating negative effects of meditation. The arguments against meditation are proposed based upon the validity of the experiments, the human error of the experiments, and the significance of the data (95 percent accuracy or higher). For instance, the experiment with the monks does not consider the amount of brain function each person had before meditating. “it remains for future studies to show that these EEG signatures are caused by long-terming training itself and not individual differences before training” (Lieberman). The issue revolves on the amount of brain activity before meditation and the amount of meditation that has been practiced since the beginning to
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