Study 12: Decrease of crime in New Delhi, India

From November 1980 to April 1981 an assembly of Yogic Flyers took place, large enough to influence all 6 million inhabitants of New Delhi (245 Yogic Flyers were required, in line with the formula of the square root of 1%). Crime statistics were requested from local police offices to study whether a change occurred in the number of crimes, as predicted in advance. During the 5 months of the experiment the number of crimes decreased by 11% (p<.0001, what is a p-value?) Statistics of the previous 5 years showed a maximum decrease of 1% during the same period. Possible alternative explanations were sought, but not found.Ref.The Journal of Mind and Behavior  8: 67–104, 1987, Scientific Research on Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation, Collected Papers vol. 4, no. 326, pp 2583-2588