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Dr. John Hagelin

Dr. John Hagelin, scientist, educator, and three-time third-party candidate for President of the United States, is Professor of Physics, Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at Maharishi University of Management, and Minister of Science and Technology of the Global Country of World Peace, a “virtual community” committed to the goals of worldwide peace and prosperity. In 1992, Hagelin was honored with a Kilby International Award for his work in particle physics leading to the development of supersymmetric grand unified field theories, for his innovative applications of advanced principles from control systems theory and optimization theory to digital sound reproduction, and for his relentless pursuit in the understanding of human consciousness. [1] Hagelin attributes his unusual career path from physicist to spokesman for global human concerns to his practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique and to his studies with the founder of the technique, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. [2] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M.), formerly known as Maharishi International University, is located in Fairfield, Iowa, United States. ... // Transcendental Meditation or TM is a trademarked meditation technique introduced in 1958 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that involves the mental use of specific sounds, called mantras. ... Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (b. ...


Early life

John Samual Hagelin was born in 1954, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. According to a 1992 biographical article,[1] as a child Hagelin won a scholarship to the elite Taft School, where he earned a reputation as both a genius (receiving a perfect score of 165 on a school-administered IQ test) and a thrill-seeker who constantly tested the school's rules. One such "test" resulted in a motorcycle crash that led to hospitalization. His confinement to a body cast produced two significant side benefits: one of his teachers introduced him to quantum mechanics, and a teacher of Transcendental Meditation taught him the technique, both of which have had a major impact on the rest of his life. Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Pittsburg (disambiguation). ... The Taft School is a top private coeducational prep school in Watertown, Connecticut founded by Horace Dutton Taft in 1890. ... // Transcendental Meditation or TM is a trademarked meditation technique introduced in 1958 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that involves the mental use of specific sounds, called mantras. ...

Hagelin later graduated from Taft and attended Dartmouth College, where he participated in athletics, earned an undergraduate degree with highest honors (summa cum laude) in three years (instead of the usual four), co-authored and published research, and won a fellowship to study physics at Harvard. While at Harvard, Hagelin worked under the noted physicist Howard Georgi, best known for his work in Grand Unification and gauge coupling unification within SU(5) and SO(10) groups. Hagelin received first a Master's degree from Harvard in 1976, and in 1981, graduated with a Ph.D. Fixing hi-fi equipment in summer school breaks would later evolve into his innovations in digital audio reproduction (see below). Dartmouth College is a private, coeducational university located in Hanover, New Hampshire, in the United States. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... Howard Mason Georgi III, born in 1947 in San Bernardino, California, is Harvard College Professor and Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard University, where he is also Director of Undergraduate Studies in Physics and Master of Leverett House. ...

After his freshman year at Dartmouth, a continued interest in Transcendental Meditation led him to Vittel, France where he completed the studies necessary to become a qualified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Professional/Career development

In 1982, following graduation from Harvard, Hagelin became a researcher at CERN (the European Center for Particle Physics) in Switzerland, and from 1983 to1984 was appointed to a post doctoral research position at SLAC (the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center). In 1984, Hagelin shifted his appointment from SLAC to Maharishi International University where he continued research in physics, pursued a long-time interest in brain and cognitive science research, and established a graduate program in Theoretical Physics.[3] He remained in contact with colleagues from Harvard, Stanford, and CERN, and continued to collaborate with several. While at MIU, his continued contributions to the field of Theoretical Physics was supported by funding from the National Science Foundation. In 1992, in a temporary career shift, Hagelin was nominated as a presidential candidate for the Natural Law Party, and ran three times for president of the United States. Recently, Hagelin participated in the What the Bleep Do We Know, [4] an independent film released in 2004, and winner of five film awards. [5] Dr. Hagelin continues to teach Physics as Professor of Physics at Maharishi University of Management (formerly MIU), and to engage in projects as Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at Maharishi University of Management, and as Minister of Science and Technology of the Global Country of World Peace. CERN logo The European Organization for Nuclear Research (French: ), commonly known as CERN (see Naming), pronounced (or in French), is the worlds largest particle physics laboratory, situated just northwest of Geneva on the border between France and Switzerland. ... The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) is a U.S. national laboratory operated by Stanford University for the U.S. Department of Energy. ...

Research and Awards

In the years 1979-1995, Hagelin published seventy papers in the fields of particle physics and cosmology.[6] This work includes the so-called "flipped SU(5), heterotic superstring theory,” which he developed in collaboration with CERN researchers John Ellis, D.V. Nanopoulus, and others. The theory is considered one of the more successful unified field theories or “theories of everything,” evoking mention of a possible Nobel Prize.[2] Hagelin’s papers include some of the most frequently cited references in the physical sciences.[7]As a result of this work, in 1992 Hagelin received the Kilby Award awarded to "individuals who make extraordinary contributions to society through science, technology, innovation, invention and education." [8] The award states Hagelin is “a scientist in the tradition of Einstein, Jeans, Bohr, and Eddington”, (award citation read May 9,1992, Dallas, Texas) who has contributed “promising work in particle physics in the development of supersymmetric grand unified field theory.”[9] [3]

In 1987 and 1989, Hagelin published two papers on the relationship between physics and consciousness.[4] These papers discuss the Vedic understanding of consciousness as a field and compare it with theories of the unified field derived by modern physics. Hagelin argues that the most parsimonious explanation for these two fields having almost identical properties is that they are, in fact, one and the same.[5]

Part of the evidence he presents for this explanation is the body of research on the effects that practitioners of certain advanced meditation techniques appear to have on measured parameters in society. In these two papers he refers to numerous such studies, and in the summer of 1993, he himself conducted a study of this type. He imported some 4,000 practitioners to the Washington D.C. area where they practiced these techniques twice daily in a group. Using data reported by the D.C. Police Department, scientists followed the changes in crime rates for the area before, during, and after the 6 weeks the group was in place.[10]

In 1994, Hagelin was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize, an annual award given for achievements that “first make people laugh and then make them think." The award was given for the experimental conclusions drawn from the Washington, D.C. study. Although noted as an award for research that can’t or shouldn’t be replicated[11], Hagelin’s study was a replication of about 50 such studies all confirming the same result and most of them published in leading peer-reviewed journals with high demands on research quality, indicating that the study did not meet the criteria for the award.[12] In 1999, the D.C. study was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Social Indicators Research. [6] Flying frog. ...

Enlightened Audio Design

Hagelin's contributions to digital sound reproduction were evident in the formation of Enlightened Audio Design (EAD), a company he founded with electronic engineer, Alistair Roxburgh in Iowa, in 1990. [13]Working with EAD, Hagelin co-designed a high end digital to analog (D-to-A) system that was commercially marketed. In 2001, the company was sold to the Oregon-based company, Alpha Digital Technologies.

Natural Law Party

According to then press secretary Robert Roth, [7] the Natural Law Party was founded in 1992 in the United States by a group of educators, business leaders, and lawyers in Fairfield, Iowa who desired to elect a national administration that would promote field-tested solutions to the nation's problems. This group chose the academics, Dr. Hagelin and Dr. Michael Tompkins, as its Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates that year, and the same pair won the nomination again in 1996. Hagelin also ran for President in the 2000 Presidential election, being nominated both by the Natural Law Party and by the Perot faction of the Reform Party, which disputed the nomination of Pat Buchanan. Hagelin’s running mate in the 2000 election was Nat Goldhaber, a wealthy businessman who, like Hagelin and Tompkins, was a longtime practitioner of the Transcendental Meditation program. The Natural Law Party was a trans-national political party with national branches in over 80 countries. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Henry Ross The Boss Perot (born June 27, 1930) is a American businessman from Texas, who is best known for seeking the office of President of the United States in 1992 and 1996. ... The Reform Party of the United States of America (abbreviated Reform Party USA or RPUSA) is a political party in the United States, founded by Ross Perot in 1995 under the belief that Americans were disillusioned with the state of politics--as being corrupt and unable to deal with vital... Patrick Joseph Buchanan (born November 2, 1938) is an American politician, author, syndicated columnist, and broadcaster. ... A. Nathaniel Nat Goldhaber - An Internet entrepreneur and longtime associate the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, was the Natural Law Party nominee for Vice President in 2000 on the ticket headed by John Hagelin. ...

After a legal battle with the supporters of Buchanan, the Federal Election Commission ruled in September of 2000 that Buchanan was the official candidate of the Reform Party and, hence, that Buchanan was eligible for federal election funds. As part of the ruling, the Reform convention that nominated Hagelin was declared invalid, and Hagelin lost the Reform spot on many state ballots to Buchanan. However, Hagelin remained on several state ballots as the Reform Party nominee, due to the independent nature of various state Reform parties, and on the ballot in many other states as the Natural Law Party nominee. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency created in 1975 by Congress to administer and enforce campaign finance legislation in the United States. ...

Hagelin's Presidential electoral results:
1992 - Ballot status in 32 states - 39,000 votes - 0.04%.
1996 - Ballot status in 44 states - 110,000 votes - 0.1%.
2000 - Ballot status in 39 states - 83,000 votes - 0.08%.

In the 2004 primary elections, Hagelin endorsed Democratic candidate Dennis Kucinich. In April of 2004, the US Natural Law Party shut down. Presidential election results map. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Dennis John Kucinich (born October 8, 1946) is an American politician of the Democratic party and a candidate for President of the United States in both 2004 and 2008. ...

Best electoral showing

Hagelin, who now resides in Fairfield, Iowa, performed exceptionally well in Jefferson County, Iowa, the home county of Fairfield. He received 23.94% in 1992, 22.82% in 1996, and 16.31% in 2000. Fairfield is a city in Jefferson County, Iowa. ... Jefferson County is a county located in the state of Iowa. ...

In 2000, Hagelin received over 30 percent of the vote in the precinct that serves northern and eastern Ketchum, Idaho. Ketchum is a city located in Blaine County, Idaho, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 3,003. ...


  1. ^ Dickie, Neil. "John Hagelin and the Constitution of the Universe", The Fairfield Source, February 1992, pp 1, 10-13
  2. ^ Freedman, David H: The new theory of everything. Discover, 1991, pp 54-61
  3. ^ Dickie, Neil: Dr. Hagelin Wins Kilby Award "For Global Efforts to Apply Knowledge of the Unified Field." MIU World, Fall 1992, p.5
  4. ^ Hagelin, JS: Restructuring physics from its foundation in light of Maharishi’s Vedic Science. Modern Science and Vedic Science 3, 1989, pp 3-72
  5. ^ Hagelin, J: Is consciousness the unified field? A field theorist’s perspective. Modern Science and Vedic Science 1, 1987, pp 29-87.
  6. ^ _Hagelin, J. S., Orme-Johnson, D. W., Rainforth, M., Cavanaugh, K., & Alexander, C. N. (1999). Results of the National Demonstration Project to Reduce Violent Crime and Improve Governmental Effectiveness in Washington, D.C. Social Indicators Research, 47, 153–201.
  7. ^ Roth, R:The Natural Law Party:A Reason to Vote, page 285. St. Martin's Press, 1998

Further reading

  • Hagelin, J.S., Rainforth, M.V., Orme-Johnson, D.W., Cavanaugh, K. L., Alexander, C.N., Shatkin, S.F., Davies, J.L, Hughes, A.O, and Ross, E. 1999. Effects of group practice of the Transcendental Meditation program on preventing violent crime in Washington D.C.: Results of the National Demonstration Project, June-July, 1993. Social Indicators Research, 47(2): 153-201. For a summary, see [14]
  • Hagelin, J.S. Manual for a Perfect Government: How to Harness the Laws of Nature to Bring Maximum Success to Governmental Adminsitration. Maharishi University of Management Press, 1998.
  • Freedman, David H: The new theory of everything. Discover, 1991, pp 54-61.
  • Hagelin, J: Is consciousness the unified field? A field theorist’s perspective. Modern Science and Vedic Science 1, 1987, pp 29-87.
  • Hagelin, JS: Restructuring physics from its foundation in light of Maharishi’s Vedic Science. Modern Science and Vedic Science 3, 1989, pp 3-72.

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Preceded by
No one (Party not yet commissioned)
Natural Law Party Presidential candidate
1992 (lost), 1996 (lost), 2000 (lost)
Succeeded by
No one (Party dissolved)
Dennis Kucinich (endorsement)
Walt Brown (California only)

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