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Originally posted by stereologist
reply to post by BlueMule
The skeptics already know that this is nothing more than contrived and questionable statistics.
Will the believers finally learn that?
The scientists with their 60 or so REGs placed around the planet are probably not interested in whether Mother Teresa's reputation was deserved or whether the frenzy over Princess Dianna's death or any other event on the planet is due to media hype. They work backwards from the data these machines spit out and look for one or more that is statistically odd according to some arbitrary formula--no matter how many people accept it and use it, the statistical formulae used are always arbitrary--and then correlated it to whatever. For all they know--to borrow from Jim Alcock--Zeus could be producing their "anomalies" just to torment them. If they don't work backwards to shoehorn the data to whatever, they pick some event beforehand and then monitor all their machines and try to find some data from one or more of those machines that looks statistically odd and that they can correlate with whatever event they've designated. Furthermore, since these scientists have no theory as to how this so-called global consciousness might work, they have no guidance as to what they ought to control for. Should they be concerned with the temperature or moisture of the rooms that their machines are in, if they're in rooms? Should they be concerned about waves from cell phones, radios, televisions, the sun, and so on? They have no idea what else, besides their beloved global consciousness, might affect their REGs. In fact, they have no reason, as far as I can tell, for thinking something like global consciousness is involved at all.