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Global Consciousness: Manifesting Meaningful Structure in Random Data

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Event Series Event Series: The Science of Wholeness

November 5, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm CET

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Global Consciousness: Manifesting Meaningful Structure in Random Data

with Dr. Roger Nelson

Sunday November 5, 2023
9:00am PST | 12:00pm EST | 5:00pm GMT  |  6:00pm CET

2-hour session

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The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) is a long-term experiment using a world-spanning network of physical random number generators to collect data continuously, 24/7, since 1998. We have recorded parallel sequences of data from the network, consisting of trials of 200 bits recorded each second at each node and sent to archiving servers in Princeton, NJ. A formal experiment ran for 17 years and comprised 500 replications of fully specified and pre-registered event analyses. These tested a general hypothesis that engaging events of deep interest to large numbers of people around the world would correspond to departures of the random data from expectation. Compounded results across the 500 events confirmed the hypothesis (Z = 7.310) and provided a sound basis for further analysis to help understand the effects. A number of explanatory propositions have been suggested, and of those, two stand out, a field-like model and an experimenter effect model. In this talk I will consider several independent analyses and applications using GCP data, including analyses that examine all the data, not just the identified formal events. Neuroscience tools for assessing evoked response potentials (ERP) are applied to the GCP data to look for possible structure from a stimulus-response perspective. All of these additional analyses and applications identify structure that cannot be explained by an experimenter effect or goal orientation model. They are, however, naturally encompassed by field-like models.

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Roger Nelson, PhD, is Director of the Global Consciousness Project (GCP). He studied physics and sculpture at the University of Rochester, and experimental psychology at New York University and Columbia. He is the author or co-author of 100 technical papers and three books: Connected: The Emergence of Global Consciousness, Der Welt-Geist: wie wir alle miteinander verbunden sind, and Die Welt-Kraft in Dir (German) with Georg Kindel. He was Professor of Psychology at Johnson State College in northern Vermont, and in 1980 joined Princeton University’s PEAR lab to coordinate research. His focus is on mental interactions, anomalous information transfer, and effects on random systems by individuals and groups. He created the GCP in 1997, building a world-spanning random number generator network designed to gather evidence of coalescing global consciousness. He lives in Princeton, NJ, USA, and his website is https://global-mind.org


November 5, 2023
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CET