Avebury Global Meditation, July 22 2006

    We have twice done an exploratory look at data from an meditation centered in Avebury, England, organized by Joachim Koch and Hans Kyborg. This year (2006) I was invited by Ron Russell to join the group in Avebury in order to collect data onsite to complement the GCP data. Because it was well defined we decided to make this year's analysis a part of the formal hypothesis test series.

Joachim's description from the previous years helps to define the event.

    For some years I have engaged in research of certain phenomena in Southern England around the area of Stonehenge and Avebury. We have learned a lot in the past 12 years about human interaction with natural fields of all kinds, including creating and enforcing them. At some point it became clear that we should focus on experiments with these interactions, and we decided to place teams at old neolithic sites to perform coherent meditations.

    For July 22nd, 2006, we have again organized a world wide meditation chain one time around the planet. Incoming emails indicate there are many participants all around the world. We were especially happy about the participation of many members of Native Nations in various locations in America and Australia. Also, many participants and teams confirmed that they would do their meditation at sacred sites and power spots, such as the old mounds, stones, mountains, lakes and riversides.

    The planned time for this year's meditation was 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm British Summer Time (10 to 11 GMT). The local group gathered in the old stone henge of Avebury, Wiltshire, South England, and information was provided for other locations to synchronize their meditation time.

    Joachim's original question asked, Is there any significant increase of activity of REGs around the date of the meditation, with a core around midnight (BST) and the hours before and after?

    Because the intended meditation activity was synchronized, the analysis is straightforward, and we look at the accumulated deviation during the specified hour from 11pm to midnight BST. The result, shown in the first figure, is a fairly strong trend beginning after the first half hour. It has a significant slope, and brings the Chisquare for the formal analysis of the full hour to 3688.7 on 3600 df, for a p-value of 0.148 and Z = 1.045.

The next figure shows 2 hours beginning at 11. This period includes not only the long and surprisingly deep meditation, but afterward some singing and chanting. My personal interpretation is that the shared feelings of this moving event were stronger and deeper as the time progressed. It is interesting to note that the strong trend continues for another half hour and then reverses to an equally strong downward trend. Both of the exploratory analyses in 2002 and 2004 showed a significant downward trend. (Note: this two-hour period also covers the possible ambiguity introduced by using British summer time for the 11-12 hour. Many people around the world think of GMT as the local time in Britain.)

A look at the whole day provides some context, in which we see that the result during the specified hour is unusual -- it represents a reversal of a strong trend during the previous 20+ hours.

For further interesting and suggestive indications that this event does correlate with changes in the GCP data, see the exploratory work. A discussion of the FieldREG recording done during this period at the sacred sites including the Kennett Long Barrow and some crop circles is provided in a page on FieldREG data at Avebury and Stonehenge.


Global Correlations in Random Data

                       Roger Nelson. Project Director, GCP, Princeton University

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