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commented on Nov. 5, 2011
I have been an IONS member on and off for the last 10-15 years. Although I have been a contributing member for the last few years, and have done a lot of study on my own, I have not participated in IONS activities.
I noticed the Discussion section of the IONS website, and have a question. I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but hope that if it isn’t, someone can point me in the right direction. Perhaps this question has already been addressed and the answer available to the public.
My question is about the Global Consciousness Project. As many others, I was very impressed by the results of the RNG analysis for September 11 2001. I only recently came across a study by Edwin C. May and James Spottiswoode titled *Global Consciousness Project: An Independent Analysis of the September 11 2001 Events.*
The analysis appears to show that the positive results are as much an artifact of the methods of statistical analysis as they are proof of global consciousness. The authors tactfully conclude that they remain unconvinced of the phenomenon of global consciousness as manifest by the RNG.
Given that Edwin C. May appears with IONS staff in the 2003 DVD *The Mind in Matter*, and that the paper appears as an http entry under the cognitive sciences lab, I am especially curious of the status of this issue. Have there been subsequent rebuttals; have the apparent discrepancies been resolved; is there still a controversy?
Thanks for any help in addressing this inquiry.