IONS50 Series: Correlations, Consciousness, and the GCP

May 15, 2024
Claudia Welss, GCP2 Lead Citizen Scientist, IONS Board Chair and Interim CEO

The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) originated out of the Princeton Engineering and Anomalies Research Lab (PEAR) in the 90s and soon became a part of IONS. Now, it’s been reimagined with GCP2.0. Beyond asking if movements of collective mind can be observed in matter, GCP2.0 is hoping to discover if collective consciousness can actually become a conscious tool for creating a better world. A scientific collaboration between IONS — including GCP original cofounders, IONS Fellow Roger Nelson and IONS Chief Scientist Dean Radin — the HeartMath Institute and a team of independent researchers, it is also a citizen scientist initiative, inviting members of the general public to contribute to this potentially paradigm-shifting research in a number of different ways. We’ll share more about the project, how to participate in it, and how it may become central to creating a global mind change movement at our virtual 2024 50th anniversary conference, BEYOND: Global Mind Change in Action from May 30-June 2. We hope to see you there! —Claudia Welss, GCP2 Lead Citizen Scientist, IONS Board Chair and Interim CEO

“Correlations, Consciousness, and the GCP” with Roger Nelson (interview and Q&A)

From the Audio Set: “Exploring the Noetic Sciences” Teleseminar Series (April, 7, 2010)

The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) is a long-term experiment that extends psi research to global dimensions, looking for effects of mass consciousness. We predict that events which produce widely shared emotional reactions will register as unexpected structure in random data sequences. The GCP is associated with the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which has provided its logistical home since 1998.

We record continuous data from a network of about 65 physical random number generators distributed around the world. There should be no structure at all in these random data. Yet, we find that global events are associated with statistical deviations at special times like the celebrations of New Years, great natural disasters, and tragic events like the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. The effects are tiny but the composite result is significant with million to one odds. The structure we see is specifically related to events of importance to humans, and appears to be good evidence for meaningful interactions of consciousness with the physical world.

Listen to the full interview here

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