Proposed by Tom Butler
The working hypothesis for this project is that individual consciousness functions as an element of a global awareness, the nature of which remains undefined. Further, that this consciousness has an influence on random processes, and therefore fluctuations in this global field can be detected as changes in the randomness of those processes.
The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) conducted a long-term experiment designed to detect the interaction of a consciousness field with Random Event Generators (REG). Results of these experiments appeared to confirm at least a deviation in randomness of a widely distributed array of REGs.
The assumption here is that there must be an array of random processes that report to a central location for analysis, and that the experiment consists of analyzing the accumulated REG data for deviation in coincidence with naturally occurring events in the world. For instance, The GCP Results indicate a deviations in randomness in the array associated with major world events. The 9-11 terrorist attack on the USA showed as a major deviation in randomness some minutes before the actual attack with, quoting the GPC: “The final probability for the formal hypothesis test was 0.028, which is equivalent to an odds ratio of 35 to one against chance.”
From the Global Consciousness Project website: “The original ‘benchmark’ experiment used a commercial random source developed by Elgenco, Inc., the core of which is proprietary. Elgenco’s engineering staff describe the proprietary module as “solid state junctions with precision pre-amplifiers,” implying processes that rely on quantum tunneling to produce an unpredictable, broad-spectrum white noise in the form of low-amplitude voltage fluctuations.” John Bradish of the PEAR team, used thermal noise in resistors as a white noise source. Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) experimenters will sometimes use an unterminated diode as a microphone substitute and a source of noise.
The proposed project consists of:
- A computer program that can be downloaded from a server by volunteers, and installed on their computer. The program would function in the background (low priority) and use random processes which are native to the computer to produce a log of deviation from the norm of randomness for that computer. The program would function whenever the computer is on, and report to a central collection process when the computer is online. See the Technical section for a discussion of this program.
- A computer server-based process which will receive log reports from participating computers and look for patterns of deviation from randomness. This program should store the results and display results on an Internet page intended to give the public an “at a glance” view of any possible deviations.
- An oversight committee that will attempt to correlate any possible deviation from chance with world events, and publish the information for website visitors. This committee would also be responsible for writing appropriate reports and managing the project.
Objective of this Project
The objective of the DCA project is to establish a far-flung array of centrally reporting computers to function as a research test bed for consciousness research. Previous research has shown that something influences the randomness of REGs, and that there is an apparent correlation between that change and human behavior. For instance, one reported observation of REG changes is that an increase in order near the even may be countered by a decrease in order elsewhere. A sufficiently dense array should show this result and its extent if it is a valid observation.
This project is expected to eventually be merged with the Digital EVP Platform to produce a general purpose research tool for etheric studies.
Hardware REGs are expensive, and for the proposed project, an unrealistic requirement. Since the key objective is to have a string of data, changes in which can be reliably detected and quantified, the next best choice appears to be processes native to the ordinary personal computer. For instance, the audio management program, Audacity is open source software under the GNU General Public License (GPL). There are a number of qualified programmers developing plugins for the program, and it should be possible to solicit development of a plugin that uses Audacity’s white noise generator to satisfy this requirement. The process envisioned here is that the white noise spectrum would be quantified to indicate the average power per frequency range–based on EVP research, preferably weighted in the voice frequency range.
A computer routine would be necessary, which periodically assesses the “norm” of this power distribution, and that norm would be either used as an off-setting bias to normalize the data for that computer, or as the deviation indicator itself. This point needs the consideration of qualified audio engineers.
Use of the computer’s random number generator process should be considered as a second source for assessing randomness. Again in EVP research, we have seen a difference in apparent susceptibility to psi influence amongst technologies. Consequently, output from the broad-spectrum white noise and the narrow spectrum random number generator, considered both individually and in tandem, should give a reasonably clear report of whether or not measurable deviations in randomness occur in relationship to events.
It would be interesting to provide current feedback to the volunteer with perhaps a simple colored dot of about 1/2 inch diameter in the lower-right corner of the computer desk top. Perhaps it could display green for no deviation, deep blue for a lot more and deep red for a lot less.
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) uses an array of volunteer PCs for its research, and as a nonprofit organization, may cooperate in helping Open Source Science develop the download-polling and assessment program. The American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (AA-EVP) is nonprofit and can sponsor this project under the Etheric Studies Initiative if a nonprofit status is required for contributions or technical support.
Determination that the project has merit and if so:
- Identification of online computer resources for a server
- Determination of an adequate random data source for personal computers
- Acquisition of software for managing the array
- Determination of analysis and reporting approach
- Development of the central analysis program–what are the success/failure factors
It may be a good idea to solicit technical sponsors. For instance, Dean Radin would benefit by a well-designed experiment that would add data to his research. Perhaps he and others would agree to manage this project. I (Tom Butler) am not really qualified to manage this project, nor can I give it the necessary time.
Input from the public, scientific community and other editors is welcome.
History of this article
This article was originally posted in the Open Source Science wiki as the Computer Array Consciousness Study, but there was no interest so it has been moved here.