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Field RNG Exploration: The British Royal Wedding (2011)

Field RNG Exploration: The British Royal Wedding (2011)

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Published by Bryan J Williams
A written report describing a field RNG study I conducted to explore a possible mass "group consciousness" effect on random number generators (RNGs) during the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April of 2011.
A written report describing a field RNG study I conducted to explore a possible mass "group consciousness" effect on random number generators (RNGs) during the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April of 2011.

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Field RNG Exploration: The British Royal Wedding
Bryan Williams
Psychical Research Foundation
(Image: Alastair Grant/The Associated ress!
"ollo#ing se$eral months o% close media attention& the #orld #as %inally a'le to #itness the marriage o% Englands rince William to )atherine *iddleton on the morning o% April +,& +-11& a day that #as reportedly 'eing a#aited #ith eager anticipation 'y many people. According to ne#s reports& an estimated + million people #ithin the 0nited tates t2ned into the la$ish royal #edding ceremony held at Englands %amed Westminster A''ey that morning& either thro2gh the li$e tele$ision co$erage aired 'y the ma3or 'roadcast net#or4s (The Nielsen )ompany& +-11!& or thro2gh li$e streaming $ideo o$er the Internet. Gi$en the mass amo2nt o% attention to the #edding proceedings& and in the contin2ing e%%ort to explore a possi'le 56related mass 7gro2p conscio2sness8 e%%ect associated #ith mass p2'lic e$ents& I carried o2t a %ield RNG exploration o% the e$ent.
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As in other %ield RNG explorations I$e cond2cted& I contin2o2sly ran an 9rion RNG 2no'ser$ed in an empty room o% my home thro2gho2t the d2ration o% the p2'lic #edding e$ents.
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 While $ie#ing the li$e T 'roadcast& I 4ept a r2nning paper time log o% e$ents& #hich allo#ed me to time mar4 the res2lting data and pre6speci%y the d2ration o% the exploration period& prior to examination o% the data. According to most ne#s reports& the #edding #as expected to 'egin at aro2nd 11:-- A.*. ;ondon Time (#hich is < A.*. *o2ntain Time = the time >one I li$e in = and ? A.*. Eastern Time!& and most ma3or net#or4s 'egan their li$e co$erage at least t#o ho2rs 'e%ore this time. "rom this and the res2lting time log& the period o% exploration #as de%ined as
 
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+:-- = @:-- A.*. *o2ntain Time (,:-- A.*. = +:-- .*. ;ondon Time!. 2ring this period& I speci%ically predicted that a signi%icant de$iation %rom standard randomness in the positi$e (i.e.& increasing or 2p#ard direction! #o2ld 'e o'ser$ed in the RNG data.ere I present the graphical res2lts o% the %ield RNG exploration o% the #edding& along #ith those o% an in%ormal s2pplementary exploration 2sing the data collected 'y the Internet6'ased glo'al net#or4 o% RNGs operating as an integral part o% the Glo'al )onscio2sness ro3ect (G)C http://noosphere.princeton.ed2!. While $ie#ing the graphs presented here& it is important to 4eep in mind that& altho2gh some o% the images may loo4 interesting on the s2r%ace& it is not proper to assign a lot o% meaning to them.  The reason %or this& as pre$io2sly pointed o2t 'y G) director Roger Nelson (+-11C Bancel D Nelson& +--!& is that its o%ten di%%ic2lt to relia'ly disting2ish a gen2ine gro2p conscio2sness 7signal8 %rom the sea o% random 7noise8 that reg2larly permeates the data o2tp2t prod2ced 'y these RNG de$ices. Beca2se o% ho# small they typically are on the statistical le$el& these 7signals8 may sometimes 'e '2ried #ithin the sea o% 7noise&8 to the point #here #e cant see them.)on$ersely& some interesting6loo4ing 7signals8 may act2ally 'e coincident patterns created 'y nat2ral %l2ct2ations in the sea o% random 7noise&8 #hich are expected to occ2r in this 4ind o% data %rom time6to6time (and in %act& this exploration seems to sho# a good example o% this& as #ell see 'elo#!. Th2s& a large n2m'er o% %ield RNG explorations 2s2ally ha$e to 'e carried o2t 'e%ore a relia'le 7signal8 can 'e re$ealed& and #e there%ore ha$e to 'e ca2tio2s #hen trying to interpret indi$id2al exploration res2lts in a meaning%2l #ay. "or that reason& the res2lts presented here %rom this
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 %ield RNG exploration o% the Royal Wedding are primarily 732st %or sho#.8
Results from B.W.’s RNG
"ig2re 1 sho#s the res2lting RNG data that I collected d2ring the exploration period speci%ied a'o$e& #ith some o% the nota'le #edding e$ents mar4ed.("ig2re 1 can 'e %o2nd on the next page!
 
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 Graphical representation o% the RNG data collected 'y B.W. d2ring the Royal Wedding o% rince William and )atherine *iddleton on the morning o% April +,& +-11.  The c2r$ed red arcs indicate the threshold o% statistical signi%icance at the .-F and .,F le$els (i.e.& odds o% +- to 1 against chance! as time passes.
 Thro2gho2t the p2'lic e$ents o% the #edding& the RNG data seem to exhi'it a rather steady negati$e (i.e.& decreasing or do#n#ard! de$iation %rom standard randomness that is act2ally
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 to my prediction& and that e$ent2ally exceeds the lo#er threshold o% statistical signi%icance at the .,F le$el. This de$iation is so steady that& had I predicted its occ2rrence 'e%orehand& it #o2ld ha$e odds o% a'o2t 1-- to 1 against chance ()hi6s2are H 1@FF@.-?& 1---
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 H .--,F!.As a 2se%2l comparison& I also collected a series o% matching control data on the morning o% April + (the day 'e%ore the #edding!. These data #ere collected 2sing the same RNG& 2nder ro2ghly the same conditions& and d2ring the same time period as the act2al #edding data (#ith the only di%%erence 'eing that the control data #ere o%%set in time 'y one day!. These matching control data are sho#n in "ig2re +.

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