Six months after September 11th, with America engaged in the biggest light-infantry battle since the Vietnam War, a new survey just done on a cross-section of college students who use the Internet reveals attitudes on the mind that bode well for the countrys future.
Despite the prevalence of drugs to cure the latest disorder advertised on TV, 81% of college students feel that the mind can heal the body. Another 77% agree that your state of mind determines your health.
But the largest percentage of students surveyed had strong views on the subject of IQ, with 96% disagreeing that IQ does not change. And 96% also disagreed with the statement, Man does not have a soul.
With 90% of all college students reportedly on line at least once a day, spending an average of three hours surfing the net, its no wonder that one of the top bestselling e-books is Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, by L. Ron Hubbard, the first book to challenge the older views on IQ and to detail the relationship between mind and body.
Mr. Hubbard defines intelligence as The ability of the mind, group or race to resolve problems related to survival. His book centers on the discovery of the reactive mind, the source of anxiety, fear, depression and anger, and how it can be erased, thus returning to a person his native intelligence and drive.
Other principles first revealed in Dianetics are now commonly held beliefs amongst college students. Hubbard was the first to detail the importance and prevalence of psychosomatic ills.
And as for the study of these subjects, 82% of college students surveyed state that that are very interested in finding out how the mind affects human behavior, while 85% are interested in improving IQ and intelligence.