Global Consciousness Project

The biggest scientific programme measuring the effects of consciousness on humanity is the Global Consciousness Project (GCP).


GCP have built a global network of 12 ultrasensitive magnetic field detectors called the Global Coherence Monitoring System (GCMS) located across the world in places like the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania, and South Africa. This continuously measures magnetic signals which occur in the same range as human physiological frequencies such as those in the human brain and cardiovascular systems. In addition, each site has a random number generator (RNG) which forms a part of the GCP network.


The monitoring system tracks changes in geomagnetic activity caused by solar storms, changes in solar wind speed, disruption of Schumann resonances (a set of spectrum peaks with extremely low frequency) and, potentially, the signatures of major global events that have a strong emotional response component. The network is providing a significant research tool analyzing the interconnectivity of human beings in relation to each other and also in relation to the Earth’s magnetic field environment.


As a result of the GCP studies we have strong and convincing evidence that human health, cognitive functions, emotions and behaviors are affected by solar activity and planetary magnetic fields.

It is well established that the Earth and ionosphere generate a symphony of resonant frequencies which directly overlap with those of the human brain and the bodily systems studied thus far. Because the brain is a very sensitive electromagnetic organ, changes in geomagnetic activity and Schumann resonance intensities appear to alter brainwave and neurohormone responses. Changes in geomagnetic conditions appear to most strongly affect the rhythms of the heart and the brain.

When the Earth’s magnetic field was calmer, study participants felt better, were more mentally and emotionally stable and had higher levels of heart rate variability (HRV). The same observation was made for increased activity in the resonant frequencies and the solar radio flux. Conversely, when the magnetic field was disturbed (because of solar flares), or had lower power in the resonant frequencies, the participants’ HRV was lower and their emotional well-being and mental clarity were adversely affected.

Michael Persinger, a cognitive neuroscience researcher and professor at Canada’s Laurentian University and his colleagues extensively studied EEG activity and the Schumann resonances in real time. Their data suggests that a transfer of information can take place between the magnetic fields of Earth and human brains. They have shown that many of the SR frequencies can be seen clearly in human brain activity. Under certain conditions, interactive information processing can occur between human brains and the Earth’s magnetic fields including modifications of cognition and dream-related memory consolidation.


There is evidence to suggest an energetic field connection is formed among individuals in groups where communication among all the group members can occur simultaneously. In other words, there may well be a “group field” that connects all the members.

There is experimental evidence that human bio-emotional energy can have a subtle, but significant (scientifically measurable) nonlocal effect on people, events and organic matter. For example, Steve Morris studied the effect of heart coherence in a group setting with people trained in maintaining states of heart coherence for several minutes and found that they could promote an increase in the coherence of untrained participants, who were unaware of the experiment’s goal.


A particularly interesting finding indicates that there is a significant correlation between global events that elicit a high level of ‘emotionality’ from a large part of the world’s population (and during periods of non-random order - generated by the Random Number Generators or RNGs). For example, multiple independent analyses of the network during the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 (see the figure), correlate with a large and significant shift in the output of the global network of RNGs.

Although the mechanisms for how human emotions create more coherence in the randomness of this global network are not yet understood, the data clearly shows that such effects are real, with an odds-against-chance ratio of over 1 billion to 1.

When an event is characterized by deep and widespread compassion, the GCP effects are stronger, which could be explained because compassion is related to interconnection and positive emotional engagement. As more and more individuals become increasingly self-regulated and grow in conscious awareness, their increased individual coherence in turn increases social coherence, which is reflected in increased cooperation and effective co-creative initiatives for the benefit of society and the planet.

Moreover, the researchers suggest that being in a heart-coherent state strengthens and stabilizes the coupling and transfer of bidirectional information to the planetary magnetic fields. As greater numbers of people in any social group (family, team and community) increase their overall personal coherence, they help to establish a more coherent standing wave at the group level and this wave is reinforced and amplified through collective coherent intention and actions. This “group field” then makes it easier for people in the group to sustain their coherence and self-regulatory capacity and lift their consciousness, which over time is reflected in increased and sustained social coherence (see the figure below).


Periods of collective attention or emotion in widely distributed populations will correlate with deviations from expectation in a global network of physical random number generators.


Over the 12 years since the inception of the project, over 325 replications of the basic hypothesis test have been accumulated. The composite result is a statistically significant departure from expectation of roughly 6 standard deviations as of late 2010. This strongly supports the formal hypothesis, but more important, it provides a sound basis for deeper analysis using refined methods to re-examine the original findings and extend them using other methods.


These potentials are developed in recent papers, including The GCP Event Experiment by Bancel and Nelson, 2008. The full formal dataset as of April 2012 is shown in the next figure, where it is compared with a background of simulated pseudo-event sequences by drawing random Z-scores from the (0,1) normal distribution. As in the resampling case, it is obvious that the real data are from a different population. Note, however, that it takes a few dozen events to reach a point where the real score accumulation is clearly distinguishable from the simulations.

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The bottom line: Expectation is the horizontal dashed line. Formal result is the jagged red line, which plots the cumulative deviation of trial Z-scores from expectation. Smooth curves show envelopes for probability against chance.

This figure displays data as a cumulative deviation from chance expectation (shown as the horizontal black line at 0 deviation). Truly random data would produce a jagged curve with no slope, wandering up and down around the horizontal. The dotted smooth curves show the 0.05 and 0.001 and 0.000001 probability envelopes that indicate significant versus chance excursions. This figure can be compared with a control distribution using simulations of the event series.

The jagged red line shows the accumulating excess of the empirically normalized Z-scores relative to expectation for the complete dataset of rigorously defined events. The overall result is highly significant. The odds against chance are more than a trillion to one.

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Roger D. Nelson is the director of the Global Consciousness Project (GCP), an international, multi-laboratory collaboration founded in 1997 which aimed to study collective consciousness.[1] From 1980 to 2002, he was Coordinator of Research at the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory at Princeton University.[2] His professional focus was the study of consciousness and intention and the role of the mind in the physical world. His work integrates science and spirituality[citation needed], including research that is directly focused on numinous communal experiences.

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