The Global Consciousness Project originates in Princeton University and is done in conjunction with Institute of Noetic Sciences. It is a parapsychology project that attempts to detect possible interactions of 'global consciousness' with the physical world. It is a global, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists, engineers and researchers. They collect data continuously from random number generators located in up to 70 host sites around the world. The data is transmitted to a central archive which contains random data dating back to 1998 in parallel sequences generated every second.
The purpose of the project is to study correlations between consciousness and the physical world. As per their Princeton website 'Our purpose is to examine subtle correlations that may reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world. We hypothesize that there will be structure in what should be random data, associated with major global events that engage our minds and hearts.'
The GCP's hypothesis that events which elicit widespread and simultaneous emotional response and draws the attention of large numbers of people may affect the output of hardware random number generators in a statistically significant way. Critics of the project have referred to it as being analogous to detecting 'a great disturbance in the Force'. Others have compared it to searching for patterns in Pi
Random Number Generators or RNGs were created by Princeton researchers. They supposedly are sensitive to and respond to the intentions and emotions of individuals, they are theoretically influenced by consciousness, although human beings have no physical input, the numbers are purely machine generated and random.
They theoretically respond to marked shifts in attention occurring in their environment which are sparked by events. Peaks of order are commonly recorded during moments of shared attention and emotions. RNGs also responded, and had the largest effects ever recorded by the Global Consciousness Project during major world events, such as September 11, 2001. These findings generate profound questions about the nature of consciousness and it's connection to and influence on the physical world.
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