Global Consciousness Project

We hear almost everyday something about or related to globalization, even if sometimes we don’t know what is referring to or what does this term imply. Well, globalization is a process of interaction among people, companies and governments of different nations, driven by international trade and aided by information technology.

But what’s up with this global consciousness and the project?

First of all, being conscious about something means to know information and details about it, to be aware of what that supposes and to act from your point of view. Global consciousness is when more people or groups focus in the same thing and influence “the world as large”, (Radin 1997: ch. 10).

Next, the global consciousness project, according to wikipedia, is an experiment which began in 1998 as an attempt to detect possible interactions of “global consciousness” with physical systems. How does the project works? The project monitors a geographically distributed network of hardware random number generators in a bird to identify anomalous outputs that correlate with widespread emotional responses to sets of world events or periods of focused attention by large numbers of people.

Roger D. Nelson developed the project as an extrapolation of two decades of experiments from the controversial Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (PEAR), which Nelson says appeared to show that electronic noise-based, random number generators (RNG or REG, random event generators) seem to be influenced by human consciousness to bring about a less-than-random sequence of data.

 

Project’s methodology is based on the hypothesis that events which elicit widespread emotion or draw the simultaneous attention of large numbers of people may affect the output of hardware random number generators in a statistically significant way.

One of Nelson’s studies, “Wishing for Good Weather,” appeared in The Journal for Scientific Exploration (1997, Vol. 11, No. 1). Here’s an excerpt from the abstract:

Reunion and commencement activities at Princeton University, involving thousands of alumni, graduates, family and others, are held outdoors, and it is often remarked that they are almost always blessed with good weather. A comparison of the recorded rainfall in Princeton vs. nearby communities shows that there is significantly less rain, less often, in Princeton on those days with major outdoor activities.

Nelson suggests that the mental intention of the folks at Princeton keeps the rain away. Why their intentions would prevail when so many other equally deserving communities who wish for the same thing (or for the opposite) are denied their desire is a mystery for future parapsychologists to discover.

According to Radin: “In the basic field-consciousness experiment, we measure fluctuations in a group’s attention while simultaneously measuring fluctuations in the behavior of one or more physical systems” (Radin 1997: 161). For example, data from RNGs are collected for the time just before, during, and after a “global event”—like watching the televised funeral of Princess Diana. The researchers then look for fluctuations of the order of the RNG outputs. Chance fluctuations of order are then measured against any fluctuations of order during these and other events where large numbers of people might be focusing on the same thing. Then, cumulative odds against chance for the random data collected before, during, and after the global events are calculated. According to Nelson, for Princess Diana’s televised funeral:

….results compounded across twelve independent recordings at various locations in Europe and the United States showed an anomalous effect that would occur by chance only about once in 100 repetitions of this experiment (p = 0.013), as displayed in a graph of the deviation accumulated across all the datasets.

But for Mother Teresa’s televised funeral:

Eleven datasets for Mother Teresa’s funeral show little indication of an anomalous effect, with a composite outcome indistinguishable from chance (p = 0.654), as displayed in a similar graph. We speculate that the difference derives from the nature of the global attention, which was very different in the two cases. The significant result for Diana’s funeral confirmed our prediction based on the obvious potential of this tragic and unexpected occasion to produce emotional engagement and resonance. The outcome is consonant with results obtained in previous Field REG studies and supports tentative interpretations suggesting that groups of people, especially when they are attuned and engaged by a common theme, may produce something like a “consciousness field” that can induce a small but statistically identifiable bias in a nominally random sequence. (http://skepdic.com/globalconsciousness.html)

Now you might be asking why is this good or if it works. Yes, it works because this will get more and more developed and people are going to take it more seriously and they will cooperate with each other, so, hopefully there will be given solutions to the existing problems around the globe.

Globalization Consciousness project intends that the human consciousness to become coherent, the behavior of random systems may change. Even if RNG’s are based on quantum tunneling, produce completely unpredictable sequences of zeroes and ones, but when a great event synchronizes the feelings of millions of people, their network becomes subtly structured. The evidence suggests an emerging noosphere or the unifying field of consciousness described by sages in all cultures.

Our purpose is to examine subtle correlations that may reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world. We hypothesize that there will be structure in what should be random data, associated with major global events that engage our minds and hearts.

Subtle but real effects of consciousness are important scientifically, but their real power is more immediate. They encourage us to make essential, healthy changes in the great systems that dominate our world. Large scale group consciousness has effects in the physical world. Knowing this, we can intentionally work toward a brighter, more conscious future.

 

In conclusion, I strongly support this project and I hope to be much more successful.

M.E.H.

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