Can Twitter Predict the Future?

October 14, 2022 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (PDT)

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What if precognition were real? If it is a genuine phenomenon, and it originates in the unconscious (as many experiments have shown), could the emotion expressed in Twitter tweets tell us something about the future? 

To explore this idea, our research team studied the emotional quality of words used in tweets to find out if they provided clues about upcoming events. We analyzed a collective sentiment metric based on Twitter data from 2009 through 2022 to see if future negative events (i.e., terrorist acts, shootings, etc.) could be predicted. Our preliminary analysis, using that metric, suggests that the emotional reactions expressed in tweets during such future events do “leak backward” in time and affect how people feel in the present. Curious to hear more? Join IONS Chief Scientist Dr. Dean Radin on Friday, October 14th for all of the details on this fascinating new project.

Can Twitter Predict the Future?
Friday, October 14th
11:00am – 12:00pm PDT


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Dean Radin, MS, PhD Dean Radin, MS, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Associated Distinguished Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at AT&T Bell Labs, Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, and SRI International. Dr. Radin is author or coauthor of hundreds of technical articles, some 125 peer-reviewed journal articles, four dozen book chapters, and four best-selling, popular books. He has given over 600 invited presentations and interviews for government, military, business, scientific, and other groups around the world.






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