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Did Nelson Mandela’s Passing Register on the Global Consciousness Project?

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While many social analysts will be measuring the emotive effect of Nelson Mandela’s death on the global culture via digital media metrics such as Twitter posts, Facebook likes and blog entries, the scientists at the Global Consciousness Project use a different method for analyzing the effect of significant events on the noosphere. As John Kruth, Director of the Rhine Research Center, pointed out in a post on Facebook:

“The global consciousness project utilizes REGs or Random Event Generators to measure the focus of human attention by using instruments that are placed all over the world. Significant events are predicted to have a significant impact on the readings obtained from the REGs. The death of Nelson Mandela is reflected in this data providing further evidence that this project is actually a mechanism for measuring the focus of humanity.”

The GCP website warns that although the results are provocative, “it is important to keep in mind that we have only a tiny statistical effect, so that it is always hard to distinguish signal from noise. This means that every “success” might be largely driven by chance, and every “null” might include a real signal overwhelmed by noise. In the long run, a real effect can be identified only by patiently accumulating replications of similar analyses.” This is another data point, however, in a long running study that appears to indicate that significant events can cause measurable shifts associated with global emotive responses.

A touching statement from veteran psychical researcher Dr. Jim Carpenter also highlights something about these results that goes beyond the data:

“Here’s a psi effect with implications. Nelson Mandela still has the power to bring us together, psychologically and psychically.”

To read more about the results, head over to Global Consciousness Project’s website by Clicking Here.

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