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November 17, 1989

Better Living Through Brain Chemistry?-Reply

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The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Baltimore, Md

The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Baltimore, Md

JAMA. 1989;262(19):2682. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430190061021

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In Reply.—  Many thanks to Drs Rees and Plaut for starting what I hope will be a continuing dialogue about peace through mind/brain science. The Research Foundation for Opto-Science and Technology, referred to in my article, is trying to break down barriers between basic neuroscientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, engineers, and other persons concerned about undesirable emotional behavior. However, to my knowledge, studies of the effects of meditation on brain chemistry have not been explored by positron emission tomography, and I have no information about field effects on brain chemistry.Opto-science is the new science of photonics, the use of light, including lasers. Recent advances make possible a whole new approach to the science of human behavior. Photonics, including positron emission tomography and laser spectroscopy, can help us learn more about how the brain works. Such knowledge may help us stop killing each other. The foundation crosses national boundaries and tries to