Global Consciousness Project

The Global Consciousness Project is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists and engineers.


[They] collect data continuously from a global network of physical random number generators located in up to 70 host sites around the world at any given time. The data are transmitted to a central archive which now contains more than 15 years of random data in parallel sequences of synchronized 200-bit trials generated every second.


[Their] purpose is to examine subtle correlations that may reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world. [They] hypothesize that there will be structure in what should be random data, associated with major global events that engage our minds and hearts.


Subtle but real effects of consciousness are important scientifically, but their real power is more immediate. They encourage us to make essential, healthy changes in the great systems that dominate our world. Large scale group consciousness has effects in the physical world. Knowing this, we can intentionally work toward a brighter, more conscious future.


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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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