Radin, D. (March 2023). Anomalous entropic effects in physical systems associated with collective consciousness. Physics Essays. March 2023 issue (Vol. 36 No. 1) Accessed March 6, 2023. https://doi.org/10.4006/0836-1398-36.1.77
Beginning in 1998, a network of electronic random number generators located around the world has continuously recorded samples of truly random bits. The resulting data were used to explore a hypothesis that predicts the emergence of anomalous structure in randomness correlated with events that attract widespread human attention. A formal experiment testing this hypothesis from 1998 to 2015 found a highly significant deviation from chance expectation. However, the duration of the selected events comprised less than 5% of all data available through 2022, so the present analysis examined the full database to see if emergence of nonrandom structure was limited to those events, or if it was reflective of a persistent, if subtle, relationship between collective mind and matter. Two analytical methods were used to study emergent structure in time-series data: Multiscale entropy and a novel deconvolution technique. Both methods provided evidence consistent with the hypothesis, suggesting that some aspect of collective consciousness appears to be anomalously associated with aspects of the physical world.