[via Minding the Planet] I dont' know what to make of this. Nova Spivack writes:
The Global Consciousness Project at Princeton has found that the behavior of a network of specially shielded random number generators deviates from stasticial randomness prior to major world events.
If that sounds abstruse, what he's saying is that the men in white coats and frizzy hair have built an electronic coin-tossing machine that seems to respond to and even predict major events.
Sounds crazy? According to this article, the machine responded to Princess Diana's funeral in 1997, NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia and America's contentious presidential election in 2000. The machine even "predicted" the events of September 11, 2001 and the tsunami late last year, say the scientists.
It gets weirder.
One explanation proposed by scientists is that time runs both backwards and forwards. So it could be that we can "remember" the future. Ok, accepted. It's possible.
But then the next step is what baffles me. Even if people could see the future, how could their "future-memories" influence a random number generator? After all, there's no physical connection between all the people out there and the machines. There are no "brain waves" emanating from our heads. (Or are there?) Then how do our thoughts interact with the machine?
But this quote is something I already believe in:
For what his experiments appear to demonstrate is that while we may all operate as individuals, we also appear to share something far, far greater -- a global consciousness.
I don't believe in this as something we all plug into simultaneously and dynamically as though we are one massive megaorganism. I just think it is normal information flow and collective memory.
Oh, and for those of you who didn't get the title of this post, Phoebe Buffay is a character on the TV series Friends, who thinks she's psychic.