The Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science: "The 100th anniversary of William James' classic work, The Varieties of Religious Experience, provides an historic waypoint for us to reconsider the scientific study of religious and spiritual phenomena. Anthropology, sociology, psychology, psychiatry, pharmacology, neurology, biology, neuroscience, religious studies, and cognate fields overlap in an interdisciplinary study of diverse and sometimes ambivalent religious phenomena.
"William James reminds us that 'the varieties of religious experiences' should be 'judged by their fruits, not by their roots.' What are the 'fruits of the spirit' as witnessed in numerous and remarkable accounts of spiritual transformation? How might we better understand these ... transformations in human thought and behavior?
"The Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science is pleased to announce a $3.3 million research program on the nature of spiritual transformation." Cuddy, Mental Health, Education and Social Control, Part 8
"William James (father of American Psychology) founded the National Committee for Mental Hygiene, and according to B. K. Eakman in CLONING OF THE AMERICAN MIND: ERADICATING MORALITY THROUGH EDUCATION, he 'persuaded Rockefeller to contribute millions to the National Committee for Mental Hygiene....The goal of the Committee was specifically to prevent mental illness, and its focus was elementary and secondary schools. The thrust of the Committee's philosophy was that mental illness hinged on faulty personality development in childhood and that, therefore, personality development should supersede all other educational objectives.
"Stress was seen as the chief culprit, and parents and other authority figures as the second. This anti-stress wisdom was echoed by the 1930 White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, which predictably revolved around a group of humanistic psychologists from Teachers College (Columbia University)." http://www.newswithviews.com/Cuddy/dennis24.htm