Collective Consciousness is a free mobile app designed to be an exploration of the nature consciousness and reality, and the possibilities of collective consciousness. With this app, you can:
- See if your mind has any influence on your environment
- Participate in large-scale consciousness experiments
- Help build a platform for developers and artists utilize this possible "consciousness technology" in their own projects, and even tap in to global consciousness data in real time to do cool new stuff
Our purpose is to promote deeper thinking about consciousness, explore the boundaries between mind and reality through experiments, and help expand our technological horizon. We're not aiming to prove anything; this is a fun and interesting project into a subject that millions of people care about. But what we find may impact our society by giving us a better understanding of what it means to say "we're all connected."
Our team includes leading consciousness researchers and technologists who want to help out.
Adam M. Curry - project founder & app creator
Dean Radin, PhD - lead scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences
Roger Nelson, PhD - founder of the Global Consciousness Project
- Joey Primiani - design advisor, and founder of Backplane, and Cortex
Robert Jahn, PhD - Dean Emeritus, Princeton University School of Engineering
Brenda Dunne - ICRL President and former PEAR lab manager
- John Valentino - founder of Psyleron
Michael Mazzola - filmmaker and creative advisor
- Adrian D. Nelson - journalist and creative advisor
- Julia Mossbridge, PhD - neuroscientist, Northwestern University
- Riz Virk - creator of Tap Fish and Gameview Studios, author, and producer
Larry Dossey, MD - author and past alternative medicine advisor to the NIH
How It Works
For several decades, labs like Princeton University's PEAR lab and the Institute of Noetic Sciences have been exploring how human minds can have an unexplained influence on chaotic systems, such as devices called physical random number generators (RNGs). How this influence works is still a mystery, but it suggests that consciousness is more deeply connected to the fabric of reality than previously thought.
Global Consciousness Project
Going a step further, the Global Consciousness Project has some intriguing evidence that RNGs spread around the world will often register similar effects when global events synchronize the attention of millions of people, such as the attacks of 9/11 (below).
Above: The combined output of global RNGs before, during, and after September 11, 2001.The odds that the overall Global Consciousness Project database is due to chance is less than one in one hundred billion.
Even though we don't fully understand these mysterious mind-matter effects, we think we know enough about it now to develop the first examples of a radically new kind of "Consciousness Technology." A technology that would work by harnessing this possible connection between mind and the fabric of reality.
What if video game could utilize the consciousness effects of players? What if location apps could display the average "emotional" impact of businesses and venues? What if art installations or concerts could utilize local or global consciousness data as part of the experience?
Eventually we want to make an API for developers to correctly utilize this possible "consciousness technology," and for other creators to access this global consciousness data for their own projects.
This app may help jumpstart a fantastic technological future - one in which humans interact with computers or other machines in an entirely new way. This might bear upon ideas like the technological Singularity.
Things We Can Learn
Some organizations have claimed that mass meditation can have a small impact on the world... could an experiment with this app measure it? If mass consciousness effects are real, do they diminish with distance from a polarizing event, or do they follow more non-local principles? Does this shed any light on the wisdom traditions like Buddhism in the east, or Jungian psychology in the west? These are some of the questions we could start to answer with this project.
Here's what we have planned for the initial app.
These screens will allow you to explore how your own mind might be influencing the chaotic system created in your phone. They are simply graphs of what the physical random number generator is doing from moment to moment.
There are two views here. The first is a non-technical view that shows you the "strength" of any influence detected in the RNG. You can maybe think of it as a sort of personal "mind meter."
The second is a technical view, that displays what the RNG is actually doing in statistical terms. This graph can help you determine the likelihood that your mind is related to the effect you see, and not simply chance. The straight line in the middle is the theoretical expectation (P=0.5); the two parabolas indicate the common P=0.05 threshold of significance.
The Collective screen is a real-time picture of global consciousness data, overlaid on a browsable map. It's essentially an aggregation of individual consciousness data from around the world. This screen can provide an intriguing look into what kind of "consciousness activity" is taking place both locally and abroad.
The colors and sizes of the dots represent spikes in the data, and the likelihood that they are due to chance.
For example, if app users living in San Francisco or Cairo were to collectively react to some meaningful event - in a way that impacted the RNG on their phone - this mass reaction may show up on this screen.
Note that this feature is not a formal experiment, but an interesting view into potential networked consciousness effects. Formal experiments will be carried out by our science team.
CONNECT & SHARE
This is a tiny social network for sharing ideas about consciousness, physical reality, and what it all means. Connect with new people, share experiences, and follow others for updates. Millions of people are passionate about consciousness from different angles. We think this is the perfect platform to bring them all together into a useful community.
The Consciousness Lab is a place for us to add new features to the app. These will be experimental tools and user experience add-ons, which we'll release in updates as they're developed.
The app will send you push notifications on your phone when "spikes" are detected in your local RNG device. Are the notifications related to your states of mind? It's up to you to draw your own conclusions!
Building This Project
This app will be free for everyone, and 100% of the funds go toward its creation. However, there are some significant costs involved for a project of this scale. On discounted estimates, we will need approximately $100,000 to properly design and develop the app with intended features.
- UI/UX study (5%)
- Final design set (10%)
- iOS development: local and collective RNG data, views, and uploads (50%)
- Web server code for receiving, databasing, and analyzing mobile data (25%)
- User profiles and sharing feature (5%)
- Amazon S3 elastic hosting (5%)
- First formal experiment: design, coordination, analysis, reporting (0%)
If we do not meet our goal, your contributions will still be applied toward the development of the app, but we'll need to cut corners on the user experience and features side, and seek other financing.
If we exceed our goal, the surplus funds will be used to fast-track an Android version of the app. (iOS will be launched first.)
If you think there may be more to reality than we've discovered, supporting this project is a good way to accelerate new discoveries. If you're fascinated by the idea of exploring how your own mind might be deeply connected to your environment, we hope this project can let you see that for yourself. Contributing will make it happen faster.
And if you're excited about the possibility of consciousness technology, tapping into the global mind, and creating a platform that could become the consciousness layer of the Internet, this is your project! You'll be involved in making something truly, truly, truly unique.
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