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Jackson Memorial RNG 1

Field RNG Exploration: Michael Jackson Memorial Bryan Williams University of New Mexico

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Gi$en t%e wides&read and lasting c'lt'ral im&act t%at %e made wit% %is m'sic and c%arity( it was e)&ected t%at t%e &'blic memorial %eld *or Mic%ael Jackson at t%e +ta&les ,enter in -os Angeles on t%e morning o* J'ly .( /001( was going to be an e$ent t%at wo'ld recei$e attention not only in t%e 2nited +tates( b't also aro'nd t%e world. According to AB, News( in addition to t%e 13(000 &eo&le in direct attendance at t%e memorial ser$ice( it was estimated t%at some 1 billion &eo&le %ad t'ned in by watc%ing it t%ro'g% li$e tele$ision broadcasts or t%ro'g% li$e streaming $ideo on t%e Internet. In t%e contin'ing e**ort to e)&lore &ossible 4gro'& conscio'sness5 e**ects on t%e o't&'t o* random systems d'ring e$ents t%at draw mass &'blic attention( I carried o't an in*ormal *ield RNG e)&loration o* t%e memorial. Noting Jackson6s broad adoring *an base and %is immense &o&'larity as a &'blic *ig're( my mot%er %ad &redicted t%at %is memorial ser$ice wo'ld be as big (i* not bigger# in attention draw as t%e *'neral *or !rincess 7iana in +e&tember 111.. 8ne o* t%e earliest *ield RNG st'dies to e)&lore a &ossible mass 4gro'& conscio'sness5 e**ect was carried o't d'ring t%at &artic'lar e$ent( wit% t%e data *rom 1/ RNGs r'nning in $ario's locations aro'nd t%e world collecti$ely s%owing a signi*icant s%i*t away *rom nominal randomness t%at %ad odds o* abo't .3 to 1 against c%ance (Nelson et al.( 1119a#. W%ile t%e conditions and circ'mstances o* t%e Jackson memorial are ob$io'sly

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di**erent *rom t%is e$ent( one mig%t t%ink t%at it co'ld draw a similar degree o* attention and emotional res&onse( and t%'s it mig%t be interesting to see i* a similar 4gro'& conscio'sness5 e**ect mig%t occ'r in a random system r'nning conc'rrently wit% t%e memorial. Alt%o'g% t%e e)&loration described %ere is in*ormal and t%e res'lts cannot be taken as de*initi$ely e$idential( t%ere were trends in t%e collected RNG data t%at did a&&ear interesting *rom a &'rely aest%etic &ers&ecti$e. As wit% ot%er &re$io's *ield RNG e)&lorations I:$e cond'cted( I contin'o'sly ran an 8rion RNG 'nobser$ed in an em&ty room o* my %ome t%ro'g%o't t%e d'ration o* t%e Jackson memorial e$ent. W%ile $iewing t%e tele$ised broadcast( I ke&t a &a&er time log o* e$ents so as to time mark t%e data. According to most news re&orts( t%e memorial was sc%ed'led to begin at 11:00 AM Mo'ntain ;ime (10:00 AM !aci*ic#( at w%ic% time most networks began t%eir li$e tele$ised co$erage. My &eriod o* e)&loration also began at t%is %o'r( and arbitrarily lasted 'ntil t%e end o* t%e tele$ised co$erage (since it was not &ossible to tell be*ore%and e)actly %ow long t%e memorial wo'ld last#. ;%'s( t%e e)&loration &eriod was *rom 11:00 AM < /:00 !M Mo'ntain ;ime (10:00 AM < 1:00 !M !aci*ic ;ime#. =ig're 1 s%ows t%e res'lting RNG data *rom t%is &eriod( wit% a *ew o* t%e notable moments marked.

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Figure 1. Gra&%ical re&resentation o* t%e RNG data collected d'ring t%e &'blic memorial ser$ice *or Mic%ael Jackson( 11:00 AM < /:00 !M Mo'ntain ;ime( J'ly .( /001. ;%e c'r$ed red

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;%ro'g%o't t%e memorial( t%e data seem to s%ow a rat%er steady &ositi$e trend away *rom nominal randomness t%at e$ent'ally e)ceeds t%e p @ .0? en$elo&e. By statistical standards( s'c% a trend is modestly signi*icant (,%i +A'are @ 110.>.9( 10900 df( p @ .0>/#( wit% odds o* abo't >0 to 1 against c%ance. As a 'se*'l com&arison( I also collected a series o* control data in t%e early a*ternoon o* J'ly 3 (t%e day be*ore t%e memorial#. ;%ese data were collected 'sing t%e same 8rion RNG( 'nder t%e same conditions( and d'ring t%e same time &eriod as t%e act'al memorial data. ;%ese matc%ing control data are s%own in =ig're /.

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Figure 2. Gra&%ical re&resentation o* matc%ing control RNG data *or t%e Mic%ael Jackson memorial ser$ice( collected t%e day be*ore t%e e$ent( 11:00 AM < /:00 !M Mo'ntain ;ime( J'ly 3( /001. ;%e c'r$ed red arc indicates t%e location o* statistical signi*icance at t%e .0? le$el (i.e.( odds o* /0 to 1 against c%ance# as time &asses.

;%ese control data o**er an im&ortant insig%t( in t%e sense t%at t%ey seem to s%ow a modest &ositi$e trend between 1/:00 !M and 1:>0 !M( w%ic% may ill'strate %ow it is &ossible t%at at least some o* t%e trends seen in *ield RNG data taken d'ring mass gro'& e$ents co'ld be d'e to *l'ct'ations e)&ected to occ'r in t%e data by c%ance( and t%'s co'ld &otentially be

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arti*act'al. Cowe$er( w%at is also im&ortant %ere is t%e terminal $al'e w%en com&aring t%ese control data to t%e act'al e)&loration data. W%ereas t%e act'al memorial data res'lted in an o$erall signi*icant $al'e as noted abo$e( t%e matc%ing control data %a$e a res'lting o$erall $al'e t%at is well wit%in c%ance e)&ectation (,%i +A'are @ 10100.1B( 10900 df( p @ ./B?#( wit% odds o* only abo't > to 1 against c%ance. =or a direct com&arison( a gra&% o* t%e control data s'&erim&osed '&on t%e act'al memorial data is s%own in =ig're >.

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Figure 3. Gra&%ical com&arison o* t%e act'al e)&loration RNG data (bl'e trace# and matc%ing control RNG data (yellow green trace# collected *or t%e &'blic memorial *or Mic%ael Jackson. ;%e c'r$ed red arc indicates t%e location o* statistical signi*icance at t%e .0? le$el (i.e.( odds o* /0 to 1 against c%ance# as time &asses.

-astly( =ig're B s%ows a broader conte)t'al $iew o* t%e RNG data collected t%ro'g%o't t%e morning and early a*ternoon o* t%e Jackson memorial( s%owing an additional two %o'rs be*ore and two %o'rs a*ter t%e e)&loration &eriod. ;%e gra&% indicates t%at t%e steady &ositi$e trend seen d'ring t%e e)&loration &eriod %ad lasted t%ro'g%o't most o* t%e morning( &eaking near t%e end o* t%e memorial ser$ice at aro'nd 1:?? !M Mo'ntain ;ime( and t%en s%ar&ly *alling o** a*terward.

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W%ile t%ey cannot be taken as de*initi$ely e$idential on t%eir own( t%e RNG data collected d'ring t%e Mic%ael Jackson memorial ser$ice do seem to s%ow a rat%er steady( &ositi$e( non random trend t%at is consistent wit% t%e kind o* anomalo's de$iations seen in random data d'ring ot%er *ield RNG e)&lorations o* 4gro'& conscio'sness5 d'ring mass &'blic e$ents (Nelson et al.( 1113( 1119a( 1119bD Radin( 111.( ,%. 10D Radin( /003( ,%. 11#. =rom a &'rely aest%etic &ers&ecti$e( t%e trend seen in t%e data seem to &ro$ide a nice re*lection o* t%e wides&read attention and o't&o'ring o* emotion t%at many o* Jackson6s de$oted *ans %ad s%own t%ro'g%o't t%e day. ;o t%at e)tent( &er%a&s t%e data may o**er an aest%etic ill'stration o* %ow Mic%ael Jackson mo$ed t%e world( bot% in li*e( and in deat%. 7'ring t%e memorial ser$ice( a A'ote attrib'ted to Jackson was s%own on t%e large $ideo wall dis&lay in t%e backgro'nd: 4There’s nothing that can't be done if we raise our voice as one.5 !er%a&s at some le$el( t%e data mig%t re*lect t%is $al'able lesson( as well.

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