Roger Nelson and the Global Consciousness Project

On March 31, 2001, I had a frightening dream of terrorists spying on us and planning an attack. Apparently, many others also had similar dreams in the months leading up to 9/11. A few months after the horrific event, this sparked my interest in studying The Global Consciousness Project.  I learned that a scientific collaboration of researchers, recording the effects of mass consciousness in response to major global events, had seen a startling shift in the data leading up to and during the terrorist attacks. Created originally in the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab at Princeton University, it is directed by Roger Nelson from his home office in Princeton.

From their website we read: “The Global Consciousness Project is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists and engineers. We 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. 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.”

I learned that major events, such as 9/11 or the death of Princess Dianne, register as subtle changes in the data collected from all over the world, a phenomenon that scientists say has a one in a trillion odds of happening by chance. The random suddenly shows coherence, and this suggests the presence of a human global consciousness, something that many of the ancient wisdom texts have supported. Reading Roger Nelson’s book, Connected: The Emergence of Global Consciousness, really makes the case for our unity and deep connections to each other.

Click here for a video interview with Roger Nelson

by Merryn Jose