Connected The Emergence of Global Consciousness

Nemo C. Mörck


Much has been written about the Global Consciousness Project (GCP), including in this Journal. Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century included a chapter about the GCP (Nelson 2015). The author of this book has been involved in the GCP since its onset in 1998. . . . the way to get on with the research is to listen to the whispers of serendipity. Approach new experiments with a fully open mind and the intention to take hints and surprising suggestions. Coincidence is your friend. The GCP had its beginnings in a long series of coincidences . . . (p. 39) Nelson knows the origin story better than anyone else and relates it in the book. In the late 1960s, Helmut Schmidt (1928–2011), a physicist at Boeing Science Research Laboratories, developed quantum-based random number
generators (RNGs) which he used in experiments; the participants were supposed to predict or influence their output: “. . . Schmidt never sought credit or glory. Years after Schmidt’s devices were in use in numerous labs, his design was patented by others who cited his work in the patent document but did not acknowledge him as the key inventor” (Schlitz 2011:353).
Schmidt was aware of the possible influence of the experimenter and gave a presentation about it (Schmidt 1974) before parapsychologists started to review their extensive literature about experimenter effects. Schmidt’s (2009) worries about the GCP concerned the possible influence of the experimenter.

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