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The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) does not have a physical laboratory, but exists in the virtual space of the Internet. It is directed from Roger Nelson's home office, with logistical support from the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The Project is a volunteer collaboration involving about 100 researchers, analysts, and egg hosts. Some of us work at universities or institutes in various parts of the world, but these institutions are not funding sponsors or responsible hosts of the project. In particular, this project is not sponsored by Princeton University. Our funding comes from private donations given by a number of contributors.
For conditions of use of GCP materials, see the end of this page.
A short and readable introductory article (2009) is in EdgeScience magazine, published by the Society for Scientific Exploration. An interesting overview from an outsider's perspective is presented in a summary by Scott Kelly. You can get a quick intro via a 3-minute news item from CBS New York on YouTube. A more recent (Nov 2010) interview is Dara Brown's Today Show Science segment for MSNBC.com. There are a number of other YouTube pieces, including an hour-long lecture by Peter Bancel, at GCP Videos.
The descriptive material about the project has been written over a period of years. It is correct, but much of the material is dated. A One Page Summary is available, though it too is inevitably out of date since the GCP is a dynamic project. For current work, keep your eye on the "What's New" block on the home page, and on the update blog. A description of the project's development can be found in the EGG Story, written in 2002, or by following links from the homepage. Some of the most frequent questions, including skeptical commentaries, are discussed in the FAQ.
Articles and technical papers have been published in several peer-reviewed venues. A detailed article describing methods and procedures and summarizing the first two years of results, was published in the Journal of Parapsychology in 2001. A preprint is available for download as a pdf file (2 MB). A more recent article in the Journal of Scientific Exploration summarizes 9 years of data: The GCP Event Experiment. A paper on the role of Emotions in the GCP is available. A technically robust analysis of the September 11 2001 results has been published in Foundations of Physics Letters, and the page-proof is available as a pdf file (1 MB). Two related articles are in Volume 16, Number 4, (Winter 2002) of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. These and some less technical articles are included in an annotated list of recent publications.
We occasionally are the subject of news or media specials. Recent samples: A Time Magazine article by Science writer Michael Lemonick, May 30 2005 (this is a 700 Kb pdf file). A news segment by Correspondent Brendan Keefe, CBS 2 News May 13 2005. (a 3.3 Mb mp3 file). You can see this on Youtube and also on on CBS 2's website. An excerpt from an interview by Gabriella Szilagyi for Hungarian TV on YouTube gives a basic introduction to the project. March 23 2006: Garvin Thomas and Dean Smith, KNTV, San Francisco, did a special report, titled "The Science of Connecting Mind Over Matter" linked at NBC11.com. It may be buried there, but a zipped, realplayer version is available (but huge, 300mb) here. A more comprehensive piece was done by Discovery Canada, Daily Planet Show June 2004 (a RealPlayer stream). Also from Canada is an hour-long interview by Bernice Landry on the CBC Ideas show in wma format. An mp3 version is available (100 Mb). An interview in April 2007 by Kala Ambrose for Explore Your Spirit is available (48 Mb mp3). The GCP is logistically part of the IONS research program, and there are some Teleseminar Interviews on the Shift in Action part of the IONS website. You will be interested in other movies and videos about the perils and potentials for humanity moving toward a brighter future.
We participate in various conferences. Some examples are a meeting in 2007, Imagination, Consciousness and the New Science: Opening New Doors of Perception, and the 7th Bial Symposium in Porto, Portugal, March 2008. In Munich, GCP's principal analyst, Peter Bancel, gave an Overview of the GCP which can be seen on Youtube. The annual meetings of the Society for Scientific Eploration, usually in late May or early June, and the Parapsychological Association, usually in Early August, are favorite venues. For details see the SSE website and the PA website. Both organizations need and deserve support -- they provide a forum for forefront research.
Dr. Roger Nelson is the author of most pages and analytical presentations on the GCP site proper. All materials on the website are under Copyright © by Roger Nelson for the Global Consciousness Project. All rights reserved. Acknowledgement and datelines are given when material is included from other individuals (e.g., some of the architecture and programming documents, and a number of the analysis pages). Interpretations of GCP data that are not acknowledged on the GCP website may not be attributed to the GCP. A discussion of our expectations and policies on intellectual property is included in the GCP planning documents. We do not endorse nor contribute to any other project or website that uses the phrase "Global Consciousness" in its name. We do provide a list of Allies and a list of links to philosophically aligned sites.
Brief excerpts of the material on the GCP website may be used in scholarly work and in professional reportage, if accompanied by appropriate source and credit information including the web address: http://noosphere.princeton.edu/. As a precondition for participating in interviews or filming of our work for TV or radio specials and programs, we require an opportunity to see what the program does with the GCP work before it is put into final edit. This requirement applies also to the use of materials from publications and web pages describing the GCP. The intent of these conditions is explicitly to allow fact checking, and to ensure an opportunity for a fair response to criticisms or skeptical commentary, if such are to be included in the program.
If you have further queries, please send them to the Project Director. If you would like to be on our email list to receive occasional informal updates on the project, please send an email note from the address we should use.