Science and religion have notoriously debated the purpose of human life for centuries. Are humans their own individual entities randomly here on earth, or are we somehow connected to one another in an intangible way? We may be closer to answering that question than we think.
For more than 16 years, the Global Consciousness Project (GCP) based out of Princeton University has been studying the existence of a “connected consciousness,” which is a theory that each human’s individual conscience is somehow connected to and interacts with a global human consciousness. You can think of “connected consciousness” as the Internet and of each human as an individual computer connected to this intangible collection of thoughts and information.
GCP conducts its research through the use of random number generators (RNGs) located at more than 70 locations around the world. These RNGs continuously produce unpredictable sequences of zeros and ones at a rate of 200 numbers per second. But how random are they? The odds that an RNG produces a sequence of numbers with some sort of structure or order are predicted to be one in one trillion. Therefore, the odds that any two RNGs produce the same sequence of numbers at the same time are even higher. That is pretty random.
So what do these RNGs have to do with “connected consciousness?” GCP has analyzed the sequences of numbers that the RNGs produced during times of major global events, such as after devastating natural disasters or during New Year’s Eve celebrations. At these moments, there are billions of people around the world thinking about the same thing at the same time, and during these times, the network of RNGs around the world starts to produce structure in their supposed random sequences of numbers. GCP has studied more than 480 major global events and has gathered data that lead researcher and cognitive psychologist Roger Nelson has called “statistically significant to an extremely high degree.”
So if humans share a “connected consciousness” full of thoughts and information, anyone should be able to tap into that collection of knowledge, right? Theoretically, yes. And there is evidence to support such a phenomenon, a theory known as the multiples effect. According to the multiples effect, multiple people can discover the same theories or create the same inventions at the same time without consulting one another because they are unknowingly sharing their thoughts through the “connected consciousness.” When one scientist gathers thoughts and evidence, the data is thrown into this global collection of knowledge. As the data from all around the world builds up in the global collection of information, many scientists are able to make the same discoveries using the same data but without consulting each other. It is similar to when Google finishes your search topic for you based on what other people have searched for previously.
Before 1922, 148 major scientific breakthroughs were considered to be discovered under the multiples effect. Examples include Darwin’s and Wallace’s concurring ideas on evolution in the mid-1800s and nine different people inventing the telescope at similar times. When many people around the world are thinking about the same topic at the same time, order arises from chaos. Coincidence or “connected consciousness?”