I know there's lots of anecdotal accounts of this stuff, and I've had quite a few experiences that still leave me questioning. However I have
enormous respect for the process of scientific method. I feel there is an unjustified stigma that goes with the word "scientist" - to some, it means
arrogance, closed-mindedness, atheism, etc. But that's absolute nonsense. Some are like that but the majority are extremely creative, thinking
outside the box, and have genuine passion for finding truth. There's a reason "science" is derived from "gnosis" meaning wisdom.
That said, anyone know of any research, preferably peer-reviewed? I know the KGB were investigating psychic phenomena, our CIA was for a shorter
period of time (and I don't think they ever got much out of it), but I'm sure there've been dozens of independent research conducted over the
A bit of searching led me to this noosphere.princeton.edu...
- using random number generators, they think they can measure subtle changes in the
global consciousness by connecting 'blips' in the RNGs to momentous world events, like natural disasters, political elections, celebrity deaths,
" The Global Consciousness Project, also called the EGG Project, is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists, engineers,
artists and others. We collect data continuously from a global network of physical random number generators located in 65 host sites around the world.
The archive contains more than 10 years of random data in parallel sequences of synchronized 200-bit trials every second."
But even this has no real credulity in the scientific community. First of all, there are bound to be anomalies in an averaging of RNGs if you wait
long enough. Second, they are not making predictions, but rather waiting for a 'blip' to appear, and then searching the daily news to find the
biggest event to match it up with. It's a clearly unscientific approach but the concept is interesting.
My point is that even scientists are looking for this - personal anecdotes are sometimes fun and always interesting, but if you're honestly searching
for the truth of the matter, you simply can not leave scientific input out of the picture. They deserve more credit and respect than many would give
[edit on 17-2-2010 by Son of Will]