1. silicon valley
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    http://noosphere.princeton.edu/

    "Global Correlations in Random Data

    The Global Consciousness Project, also called the EGG Project, is an international and multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists, engineers, artists and others. This website introduces methods and technology and empirical results in one section, and presents interpretations and applications in another.

    We have been collecting data from a global network of random event generators since August, 1998. The network has grown to about 65 host sites around the world running custom software that reads the output of physical random number generators and records a 200-bit trial sum once every second, continuously over months and years. The data are transmitted over the internet to a server in Princeton, NJ, USA, where they are archived for later analysis. ...

    The purpose of this project is to examine subtle correlations that appear to reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world. The scientific work is careful, but it is at the margins of our understanding. We believe our view may be enriched by a creative and poetic perspective. Here we present various aspects of the project, including some insight into its scientific and philosophical implications.
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    29 Oct '05 07:10
    here are the results for the Sept. 11 event.

    http://noosphere.princeton.edu/terror.html

    "...

    The following material shows the behavior of the Global Consciousness Project's network of 37 REG devices called "eggs" placed around the world as they responded during various periods of time surrounding September 11. A book chapter gives a compact summary. These eggs generate random data continuously and send it for archiving and analysis to a dedicated server in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. We analyse the data to determine whether the normally random array of values shows structure correlated with global events. This page shows a wide range of exploratory analyses that provide context for the formal hypothesis testing related to the events on September 11. A number of people have done supplementary and complementary analyses, as well as direct replications. Links to these are provided below. An especially interesting effort was undertaken by Bryan Williams, who used data in 15-minute blocks, to compare with the seconds resolution used in the formal analyses. To the extent his results are similar, this provides some response to the question whether a general, external influence is at work, as opposed to an "experimenter effect" operating via fortuitous (albeit anomalous) selection of the analysis specifications.

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    This is a report of what we see in the data recorded on September 11, 2001 and the surrounding period. It is the best description we can give of measurements and effects that are essentially mysterious. We do not know how the correlations that arise between electronic random event generators and human concerns come to be, and yet, the results of our analyses over the past three years repeatedly indicate such correlations. We cannot explain the presence of stark patterns in data that should be random, nor do we have any way of divining their ultimate meaning, yet there appears to be an important message here. When we ask why the disaster in New York and Washington and Pennsylvania should appear to be responsible for a strong signal in our world-wide network of instruments designed to generate random noise, there is no obvious answer. When we look carefully and discover that the eggs might reflect our shock and dismay even before our minds and hearts express it, we confront a still deeper mystery. This network, which we designed as a metaphoric EEG for the planet, responded as if it were measuring reactions on a planetary scale. We do not know if there is such a thing as a global consciousness, but if there is, it was moved by the events of September 11, 2001. It appears that the coherence and intensity of our common reaction created a sustained pulse of order in the random flow of numbers from our instruments. These patterns where there should be none look like reflections of our concentrated focus, as the riveting events drew us from our individual concerns and melded us into an extraordinary coherence. Maybe we became, briefly, a global consciousness.

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  3. silicon valley
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    29 Oct '05 07:11
    here are the top-level "primary results" (the Sept. 11 event is one out of many examined; scroll down to see the table).

    http://noosphere.princeton.edu/results.html
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    (whistles tune from The Twilight Zone.)
  5. DonationPawnokeyhole
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    29 Oct '05 09:58
    Originally posted by zeeblebot
    here are the results for the Sept. 11 event.

    http://noosphere.princeton.edu/terror.html

    "...

    The following material shows the behavior of the Global Consciousness Project's network of 37 REG devices called "eggs" placed around the world as they responded during various periods of time surrounding September 11. A book chapter gives a compact su ...[text shortened]... s into an extraordinary coherence. Maybe we became, briefly, a global consciousness.

    ...
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    Odd that it is an terrible event that affects Americans that disrupts global consciousness. Maybe the meaning of "global" here is the same as the meaning of "world" in "World Series".

    Are their patterns now emerging because, say, of the earthquake in Pakistan, or are those deaths too insignificant to register on the instrumentation?
  6. Standard memberDavid C
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    29 Oct '05 10:39
    Originally posted by zeeblebot
    (whistles tune from The Twilight Zone.)
    Well, call me a dunce, but I don't see how mega-boxes generating random data that is funneled through one pipe is somehow going to 'record' any sort of fluctuation in human conciousness on a global scale. Not that I don't believe there is some inherent connection between us all, but this seems like a odd mechanical attempt at constraining metaphysicality.

    Maybe I'm just too thick. Can you break it down 'For Dummies'-style?
  7. DonationPawnokeyhole
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    29 Oct '05 10:41
    Originally posted by David C
    Well, call me a dunce, but I don't see how mega-boxes generating random data that is funneled through one pipe is somehow going to 'record' any sort of fluctuation in human conciousness on a global scale. Not that I don't believe there is some inherent connection between us all, but this seems like a odd mechanical attempt at constraining metaphysicality.

    Maybe I'm just too thick. Can you break it down 'For Dummies'-style?
    I know the secret. There is a pineal gland at one end of the pipe!
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