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Chapter 18

Your Consciousness Is Not Trapped Inside Your Head (Part 1)

Despite a growing body of evidence to the contrary, many neuroscientists believe that our consciousness is nothing more than a series of chemical reactions in the brain generated by our five senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound. They believe that love, empathy, compassion, mystical experiences, our sense of morality, and even consciousness itself end when the brain dies. They deny that there is an afterlife and dismiss Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious as utter nonsense. According to their set of beliefs about consciousness, humans cannot communicate telepathically. Nevertheless, although the mechanism remains unknown, reproducible scientific experiments have proven that conscious awareness is not trapped inside the skull. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

In Entangled Minds (Simon & Schuster 2006), pp. 196-203, Dr. Dean Radin, the Laboratory Director and Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, CA wrote about the efforts of the Global Consciousness Project (GCP) to detect the existence of a global human consciousness connection using a worldwide network of Random Number Generators, or RNGs.

A random number generator, or RNG, is an electronic machine that generates thousands of random coin-flips per second, but rather than heads or tails, the RNGs generate sequences of random bits, 0s and 1s. By 2005 the GCP had established a worldwide network of approximately 65 RNGs located in Europe, North America, South America, India, Fiji, New Zealand, Japan, China, Russia, Africa, Thailand, Australia, Estonia, and Malaysia.

Each RNG in network is attached to a computer that collects one sample (of 200 bits) per second. (The sources of randomness in the RNGs include electronic noise in resistors and quantum tunneling effects in diodes.) Each computer records its trials into time-stamped files, and all computer clocks are synchronized to standard Internet time. Every five minutes, all data are automatically assembled and sent over the Internet to a central web server in Princeton, New Jersey.

The global mind-matter interaction hypothesis is tested in the data by examining whether the streams of random bits generated by the RNG network change from chance expectation in predefined ways. For most events, this analysis examines RNG data from a few minutes before an event of interest occurs to a few hours afterwards. By April 2005, a total of 185 events of global interest had been tested and double-checked by independent analysis. These events included new years celebrations, natural disasters, terrorist activity, massive meditations, sports events, outbreaks of war, outbreaks of peace, tragic deaths, deaths of celebrities, and so on. Such events were selected because they were inferred to capture a large percentage of the world’s attention.

As an example, the live television broadcast of the funeral of Pope John Paul II, on April 8, 2005, was an event that captured the devoted attention of hundreds of millions of people around the world. Before the funeral, Roger Nelson predicted that the network of RNGs would show a significant deviation [from chance] from the beginning to the end of the funeral. The GCP data shifted as predicted with odds of 42 to 1, and then returned to chance within hours of the funeral (Figure 11-5).

From August 1998 through April 2005, 185 such events were evaluated. The overall results show a clear deviation from chance, with odds against chance of 36,400 to 1 (Figure 11-6). This suggests when millions to billions of people become coherently focused that the amount of physical coherence or order in the world also increases. These moments of unusual coherence would not just be limited to RNGs, but would affect everything. That is, presumably every animal, plant, and rock would behave slightly differently during moments of high global coherence. We notice the effects in RNGs because we are continuously monitoring them, and we know how to spot unusual forms of order in these devices. But the hypothesis in this experiment extends to (at least) the entire globe.

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On September 11, 2001, the curve deviated wildly as compared to all the other days we examined (Figure 11-10). As it happened, this curve peaked nearly two hours before a hijacked jet crashed into World Trade Tower 1 in New York City at 8:46 a.m. EDT, and it dropped to its lowest point around 2 p.m., roughly eight hours later. There’s no easy answer for why the peak in this curve before the terrorist attacks unfolded, although it is reminiscent of the data obtained in the presentiment experiments described in Chapter 10. The huge drop in this curve within an eight-hour period was the single largest drop for any day in the year 2001. In metaphorical terms, it means the GCP bell rang loudest on that day.

Tomorrow, in Part 2, we will take a look at the Ganzfeld and presentiment experiments.

Cross-Posted at my blog and the Smirking Chimp.

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Frederick Leatherman

Frederick Leatherman

I am a former law professor and felony criminal defense lawyer who practiced in state and federal courts for 30 years specializing in death penalty cases, forensics, and drug cases.

I taught criminal law, criminal procedure, law and forensics, and trial advocacy for three years after retiring from my law practice.

I also co-founded Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle and recruited 40 lawyers who agreed to work pro bono, assisted by law students, representing 17 innocent men and women wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing their children in the notorious Wenatchee Sex Ring witch-hunt prosecutions during the mid 90s. All 17 were freed from imprisonment.