WTC event as a precipitating factor in anomalous REG data collection?

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Thu Sep 20 2001 - 09:10:36 MDT

What follow is at the very margins of interest to most readers of this
list, but I think it's of potential significance.

Some list members will know that I speak up occasionally in favor of a few
apparently reliable investigators doing work in the field of parapsychology
or anomalies research, especially those at PEAR, the cut-price lab run
under sufferance at Princeton University. Dr Roger Nelson and others at
PEAR have been conducting a curious open-ended experiment for several
years, based on the premise that consciousness might indeed have a global
or holistic character, detectable in its occasional interactions with
mechanical instrumentation. To this end, they have been building a network
of independent random event generators and recorders in various parts of
the world. Their surmise (on rather wishy-washy grounds, by my standards)
is that events capturing the emotional attention of a large part of the
world's population will bias or skew the output of these REGs in a
systematic and statistically significant fashion.

I immediately noted, a few hours after the WTC event blanketed the world's
media, that this terrible event was a perfect natural experiment. If their
instruments failed to show a major blip, this would serve as a suitable
refutation of the theory that mind can couple `paranormally' to machines
(or perhaps that we live inside a simulation using common objects or
macros). The preliminary results are now in, and they are rather... striking.

Go to

and hit the link titled

Analysis of the EGG response to the terrorist attacks on WTC and
              Pentagon September 11, 2001.

There are charts, analysis, and further links.

>An estimate for the probability can be made, and lies
>between 0.003 and 0.0003 (an odds ratio on the order of 1 in
>1000). If we extrapolate the anomalous trend, it begins at about
>04:00 (08:00 GMT), some four hours before the first World
>Trade Center tower was hit.

Verrrrry interesting.

Damien Broderick

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