My Mother's Passing
My mother died on the 30th of July 2002, late in the evening. She was 92 years old and had a long life of good health, which began to decline only in the last few months. She was a wonderful person, much loved by a wide circle of friends and relatives. She gave gifts of open, generous and loving appreciation to us, and into her last year she was out there as a volunteer in the community, reading to children, monitoring art galleries and museum displays, ringing the Salvation Army bells, and playing the piano for people in the retirement and nursing home where she finally came herself to rest. She belonged to two bowling leagues and maintained a remarkable average into her 92nd year. She was tested many times by difficult events. She passed those tests with grace and dignity, and I am happy that she was gifted in return with a peaceful passing. She was a wonderful person, and I will miss her.
Although I told her about the Global Consciousness Project, it was pretty esoteric from her perspective. She knew the direct connections between people from personal experience, but a noosphere was for her, I think, a nice but very distant idea. She would not mind that I decided to "do science" by examining the GCP data on the day of her passing, as a contribution to the deep assessments we must make to understand better the so-called experimenter effect. Put simply, one of the possible sources of the anomalous effects is Roger Nelson, and others who are deeply involved in maintaining the project and generating its scientific results. Here are the results of this assessment.
The first of the two following graphs shows a general and fairly steady positive accumulation over the two day period that approximately surrounds the moment of her death. (The axis labels are in UTC, some 5 hours offset from Nebraska time.) There is no indication of a significant surge at or about that time, and overall the positive slope is not significantly deviant. The second graph looks at the details of personal connection by examining separately the two eggs that are in my direct care. Egg number 1 is on my home workstation, and number 28 is on the noosphere server that is housed at the University a mile or so from home. Again, although egg 1 looks like it might have "noticed" something and changed its behavior around the time of my mother's passing, neither it nor egg 28 show the extreme deviations we require as evidence of a correlation with the specified event.
The quick and simple summary is that there is no clear evidence that this deeply important personal event produced an "experimenter effect". It is, on the other hand, worth noting the similarities to the analyses of data from an ad hoc global network for Mother Teresa's funeral ceremonies. They showed no departure from expectation, while the same kind of data for Princess Diana manifested large deviations. In my mother's case, as for Mother Teresa, the death was not tragic, but simply the passing, after a long and fruitful life, to the next stage. In most of the other cases we have examined in these explorations, there has been an element of tragedy, and they have tended to show patterns that suggest a response from the egg network.
The difference of the two eggs' response is even more pronounced when we look at the 24 hours beginning four hours before her death. One of the two eggs, which is at my home, has a strong trend; the other, attached to the noosphere server at the University, shows a level trace.