Art Bell welcomed Dean Radin of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, who offered analysis of the Global Consciousness Project and discussed his new book Entangled Minds. The Project measures the movement or "ocean" of consciousness through changes in random number generators that are set up around the world, he explained. Eight years of data looking at 204 major world events has shown that a kind of "coherence" takes place associated with these incidents, in which the numbers become less random. The overall odds against chance of this occurring are roughly 300,000 to 1, Radin reported. Further, these types of results were mainly associated with populated areas, indicating that consciousness was the variable in the changes.
"Our perceptions of reality are a construction-- we don't see the way the world actually is," and experiments have shown that slight changes to expectations cause people to see completely different things, he said.
Radin also touched on the coming of quantum computing, a huge increase in power that would allow computers to go beyond just calculating 0's and 1's, and possibly surpass the human brain. One quantum desktop model could out compute all the current computers on the planet combined, he commented.
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