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Global Consciousness Is Being Measured
9 years ago
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Global Consciousness Is Being Measured

A team of researchers headed by Roger Nelson of Princeton University has been conducting an experiment to measure the effects of focused global consciousness on random events. They have had some very interesting results.

Called the Global Consciousness Project, their experiment involves the use of 37 computers located around the world using random number generators to flip virtual coins. The experiment has been going on since 1998. Each computer flips 200 virtual coins at a time and the results of all computers are compared. The results are usually completely random with the virtual coin tosses come up heads or tails 50% of the time. However, when a global event takes place that focuses the attention of billions of people, the randomness of the coin tosses changes and they tend to go significantly more one way than another. In other words they become more coherent or non-random. This took place on September 11 when so many people worldwide were focused on the events of the World Trade Center disaster. This produced the strongest effect so far, but other events have coincided with changes in randomness too, including: each New Years Eve, the papal visti to Israel, the first hour of NATO bombing in Yugoslavia, a variety of global meditations, several major earthquakes, the funeral for Princess Diana and last years sinking of Russia's Kursk submarine. This seems to indicate that consciousness has an effect on other wise random events.

The Global Consciousness Project:

9 years ago
Interesting. I have heard of studies demonstating decreases in violent crime correlating with mass meditation. I also think the has been a correlation between some of the mass demonstrations/meditations for peace and actual warlike activity although I have not seen this quantified. This suggests effects not tied to intent and is based on an interesting type of measurement. We do know that the act of observation can affect outcomes. To what degree might the fact that the authors are looking for decreased randomness affect the results. Also, is there a correlation between the number of people with focused thoughts on the degree of the effect? 
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9 years ago
Noah, I have found that site surfing before. Results from that project are very fascinating. It will be great to see those findings duplicated and proven by other scientists.

Edwin. All this makes me wonder what happens to the computer coins when a huge percentage of people discover these experiments with the Global Consciousness Project.
7 years ago

Nice point Edwin in mentioning the fact observation can skew results of a 'living' entity, but us all producing electro-magnetic waves and living in them all the time makes one wonder...

We cannot also forget 'human and computer error' which is cause for approx. 3-4 % of all computer viruses alone.