Global Consciousness Project Conference
The Global Consciousness Project (GCP)
was created in 1998 by a small team of researchers working
in boundary areas of physics and psychology, and has grown
today to include some seventy-five individuals around the
world. The purpose of this IONS-based project is to study
the possible efficacy of human consciousness on a global scale.
In June 2002, an interdisciplinary team convened for the first
time at the IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) campus in
order to move the project forward in the areas of research
design, data analysis, and interpretation of results.
Under the direction of Dr. Roger Nelson
at Princeton University, the team maintains a network of electronic
instruments connected through the Internet. These "random
event generators" produce data that may be affected by
human consciousness under special conditions. The hypothesis
of the GCP is that the continuous streams of data from these
instruments will show anomalous deviations associated with
events of mass human interest. Effects are predicted to occur
when there is large-scale "mental coherence," or
a resonance of feelings generated by deep reactions to major
news events. During the first four years of the GCP, the number
of websites hosting these instruments (which are bemusingly
dubbed "eggs," a nickname for "electro-gaia-gram")
has grown to more than fifty, with locations from Alaska to
Fiji, on all continents, and in nearly every time zone.
Nelson and the team reported that as
of late 2002, formal predictions have been made for more than
one hundred world events. These included predictions for celebrations
such as New Year's Eve, shocking events such as the beginning
of bombing in Yugoslavia or the September 11 disaster, natural
tragedies, such as the great earthquake in Turkey and the
typhoon in Orissa, and large-scale meditation and prayer events
like the Kumbh Mela in India. The overall statistics for the
project, after nearly four years of data accumulation, indicate
a probability of about one in ten million that the correlation
of the data with the specified global events is merely due
to chance (see http:// noosphere.princeton.edu). A technical
report summarizing these data and the technical details of
the research is now in preparation.
Researchers don't yet know how to explain
the correlations between events of importance to humans and
the GCP data. The results do suggest, however, something akin
to the image held in almost all cultures, that a unity or
deep interconnection exists between mind and matter, that
it is in some way fundamental to life and to reality as a
whole. Our efforts to understand these complex and interesting
data may contribute insight into the role of mind as a creative
force in the physical world.
The article "Global Consciousness
Project Conference" by Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, first appeared
in IONS Review, No. #62 in Frontiers Section, p 38, December
2002 -February 2003, p 38., and is reprinted by permission
of the author and the Institute of Noetic Sciences (website:www.noetic.org).
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