Supporting today's researchers

When it came time to conduct major science projects in school, most of us students appreciated being able to work together in groups. That way it wasn't on any one person's shoulders to do all the research, all the testing, and single-handedly compile all the results! Each of us had a role to play in the project and we each knew it was our responsibility to fill it. And so we cooperated. We supported one another. And we all benefited from the cooperation.

There are a lot of "science projects" going on today, not just in school but in the whole range of human life. Pick up just about any newsmagazine and you can read about the latest research and development in areas such as behavioral science, medicine, the human mind. Not long ago, I was reading about some research being conducted at a major university. Scientists and scholars there are very enthusiastic about the data they're gathering on the influence of thought on an electronic measuring device looking at what they call "the consciousness effect." I could picture the people at this university working tirelessly with others in their group. I thought of the members of that team analyzing the large amounts of data, and I could imagine them supporting one another in their findings. I felt as though I were right there as a member of their team.

Then I thought about what I have learned myself about the human mind and about consciousness through the study of Christian Science. I wondered if these researchers and scientists would be interested in what Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy's textbook on Christian Science, has to say on the subject. I knew they could greatly benefit, as I have, by learning what the book says about the allness and power of the divine Mind, God. It could have a profound impact on their research to learn how human thought is uplifted and purified by the influence of divine Mind. "Still," I thought, "these people are deeply committed to their field of study and probably have little interest in looking outside of that framework."

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December 4, 1995

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