Collective Consciousness at Burning Man: An Overview of the Research

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Collective Consciousness at Burning Man: An Overview of the Research

From 2012 through 2016, scientists from the Institute of Noetic Sciences went to the Burning Man festival to explore the often reported subjective experience of an “energetic shift” during the two main ceremonies – the Man Burn and the Temple Burn. This reported feeling seems to be evoked when tens of thousands of people coherently focus on the same event. We wanted to learn more.

These exploratory experiments were designed to see if there is an impact during these peak moments of collective focus on the outputs of truly random number generators (RNGs). These RNGs were also measuring baseline readings before, during, and after these ceremonies. The combined results of the five experiments indicated that something other than random chance was impacting the RNGs during these two main events. Was it -- as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars felt -- a disturbance in the force?

We shared the details of our exploratory experiments in a Special Report entitled: Collective Consciousness at Burning Man.

At 24-pages there is a significant level of detail in the report, and some people have asked if we could provide an overview -- specifically one that might help them explain the project to others who might be interested. Our chief scientist Dean Radin was happy to assist, and the result is this short video that gets to the heart of the matter.

Publication Date
Publication Date: 
June 19, 2017
Length
Length: 
14:25