Foundations of Physics Letters

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 537–550 | Cite as

Correlations of continuous random data with major world events

  • R. D. Nelson
  • D. I. Radin
  • R. Shoup
  • P. A. Bancel


The interaction of consciousness and physical systems is most often discussed in theoretical terms, usually with reference to the epistemo-logical and ontological challenges of quantum theory. Less well known is a growing literature reporting experiments that examine the mind-matter relationship empirically. Here we describe data from a global network of physical random number generators that shows unexpected structure apparently associated with major world events. Arbitrary samples from the continuous, four-year data archive meet rigorous criteria for randomness, but pre-specified samples corresponding to events of broad regional or global importance show significant departures of distribution parameters from expectation. These deviations also correlate with a quantitative index of daily news intensity. Focused analyses of data recorded on September 11, 2001, show departures from random expectation in several statistics. Contextual analyses indicate that these cannot be attributed to identifiable physical interactions and may be attributable to some unidentified interaction associated with human consciousness.

Key words

physical random systems correlations in random data quantum randomness consciousness global events statistical anomalies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. D. Nelson
    • 1
  • D. I. Radin
    • 2
  • R. Shoup
    • 3
  • P. A. Bancel
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringPrinceton UniversityPrinceton
  2. 2.Institute of Noetic SciencesPetaluma
  3. 3.Boundary InstituteLos Altos
  4. 4.PansFrance

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