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Coherent Consciousness and Reduced Randomness



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GCP Sept 11 Roger Nelson for JSE Not for Distribution pg 1 of 27 01 15 19 Coherent Consciousness and Reduced Randomness Correlations on September 11 2001 Roger D Nelson Director Global Consciousness Project Princeton New Jersey Abstract The Global Consciousness Project GCP is an international collaboration of researchers studying interactions of consciousness with the environment The GCP maintains a network of random event generators REGs located in some 40 host sites around the world These devices generate random data continuously and send it for archiving to a dedicated server in Princeton New Jersey The data are analyzed to determine whether the fundamentally unpredictable array of values contains periods of detectable non random structure that may be correlated with global events In this paper we examine the data from September 11 2001 for evidence of an anomalous interaction driving the REGs to non random behavior Three formal analyses were made testing hypotheses based on standardized procedures for making predictions and performing a statistical evaluation A number of secondary analyses including work by five independent analysts provide additional perspective and examine the context of several days before and after the major events The results indicate that a substantial increase in structure was correlated with the most intense and widely shared periods of emotional reactions to the events The non random behavior cannot be attributed to ordinary sources such as electrical disturbances or high cell phone volume Thus the anomalous structure is somehow related to the unusually coherent focus of human attention on these extraordinary events Introduction A glimpse of the extraordinary span of human consciousness may have come from the horrific events of September 11 2001 As we all know beginning at about 8 45 in the morning a series of terrorist attacks destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center WTC and severely damaged the Pentagon Commercial airliners



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