Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Global Consciousness Project

There are some research projects out there to make you go "hmm..."

I came across the following website during one of my random (or maybe not so random) walks in cyberspace. It's called the "Global Consciousness Project" being conducted at Princeton University and directed by Roger Nelson.

Basically, the research looks at the output of many random number generators (computers) placed around the world. They are networked together, and the data is transmitted and stored on a centralized server. The question being investigated is whether the collected data have deviations from "randomness" that correlate with human events that happen in the world, especially events that have a global impact.

Some of the results of this study suggest that there might actually be a global mind and matter "link". Some of the published papers suggest that there might even be correlations with the events surrounding September 11, 2001.

Yes, there's plenty of material to make you go "hmm..."

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At Monday, November 27, 2006, Blogger False Data said...

There's something appealing about the idea that surrounding events can affect probabilistic outcomes (or at least are correlated with shifts in them). I'm not sure I follow their reasoning from "structures in probability" to either "global" or "consciousness", though.


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