THE BELIEF GENE
In Which Science
Offers a Strategy
for Sorting Out the Truth
IN 1995 THE NATURAL LAW PARTY succeeded in getting its presidential candidate, John Hagelin, on the ballot in all fifty states -- a goal that had eluded other third-party hopefuls, even Ross Perot four years earlier. The platform of the Natural Law Party offered an "action plan to revitalize America," based on "scientifically proven solutions." The centerpiece of the scientific proof was an experiment conducted in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1993.
More than five thousand experts in Transcendental Meditation (TM) from around the United States and eighty countries worldwide spent two-week shifts in the nation's capital as part of the National Demonstration Project to Reduce Violent Crime in Washington, D.C. Mostly young white professionals, they began arriving on June 5. Their objective in the coming