# 10 Billion Beats

An web-promoted synchronized drumming event called "10 Billion Beats" was suggested as a possible GCP event by Carlisle Bergquist in an email on Sept 16th. The website description explains how it works: "The drumming will occur on Friday Sept. 17, 2010 at 7:00PM in every time zone moving from east to west. (Please note -- the date will change to Saturday Sept 18, as we cross the International Date Line.) Groups will gather in homes, in town squares, city parks, and country fields. We will start the beat on a hilltop in Kansas and catch it again the following day. Each group will drum for at least one (1) hour so that the next time zone will pick up the beat and our "joyful noise" will roll with the hour around the world. The right size group is you and everyone you can think to invite. This is a grassroots eventâ€”you and I are the grass."

Bergquist writes:

On Sept 17th. starting at 7:00 PM in the Central Time zone an event called 10 Billion Beats will begin. 10 Billion Beats is a Global Intention Event that will use drumming to send a wave of positive intention around the world. Starting in Central Kansas, it will follow the sun through the time zones at 7:00 PM on Sept. 17th, 2010. (Sept. 18th as it crosses the dateline) The idea~Vthough admittedly grandiose~Vis not a commercial event. It's a grassroots idea to affect our collective consciousness on a grand scale. I thought it might be of interest to your project, and to ours, to observe if there was any observable response in your measurements around the globe as our event occurs.

The GCP event was set for the 24 hours beginning at 7:00 pm CDT, which is midnight UTC. Thus, the data for the event are exactly the 24 hours of 18 Sept 2010. The result is Chisquare 86602 on 86400 df for p = 0.313 and Z = 0.486.

It is important to keep in mind that we have only a tiny statistical effect, so that it is always hard to distinguish signal from noise. This means that every "success" might be largely driven by chance, and every "null" might include a real signal overwhelmed by noise. In the long run, a real effect can be identified only by patiently accumulating replications of similar analyses.