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The Global Consciousness Project: Findings in the Event Experiment
Jul 27, 2009 at 2:43 AM EST | R. Nelson


Roger Nelson


A 10-year database of random trials in continuous parallel sequences generated in a world-spanning network has a rich potential for analysis of factors that might affect physical randomness. The design of the Global Consciousness Project (GCP) successfully shields the data from environmental influences like temperature and electromagnetic fields, but the vetted, normalized database can be probed for responses to a variety of other geophysical influences. However, our primary analyses apply to factors that are psychological and sociological. In particular, the formal “event experiment” is a replication series comprising a composite test of the general hypothesis that there will be non-random structure in the GCP data collected during major world events.

As of June 2008, we have examined about 250 events, and find structure associated with them, in confirmation of the composite hypothesis with million to one odds against chance. We can infer that this is related to human consciousness because the GCP data are affected during times of importance to people. A particular case is structure found during destructive earthquakes on land where they matter to humans, but not when the quakes are in the oceans. We see changes in the data when many people are focused on an event, sharing thoughts and especially emotions, indicating that some form of coherent interconnection is fundamental. We see a significant link with emotions. Large effects arise only for strong emotions, and the most powerful effects are produced by events that evoke or embody either fear or compassion.

We have determined that events engaging large numbers, millions of people, reliably show larger effects than those attracting attention from thousands or tens of thousands. The effects are driven by pair-wise correlation of the REG devices during events. We have identified multiple independent response measures which show deviations tracking the same global events. These include Network Variance and Covariance, and anomalous time and distance relationships for the measures.

Among the questions we are actively pursuing are indications that the GCP network response may begin minutes or hours before an event. We are looking carefully at an apparent distance scale for the correlations between REGs in the network, and at the possibility there may be a time-symmetrical response to the events. Other questions that deserve attention are significant long term trends in our measures that may reflect a collective mood or attitude prevailing over months and years, and suggestions of regular correlations for an exact 24-hour cycle but not for slightly longer or shorter artificial “days”, which may reflect a persistent, general effect of human consciousness.


Roger Nelson, PhD, is a Princeton experimental psychologist and founder of the Global Consciousness Project.




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