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Roger Nelson

Global Consciousness Project
Princeton, New Jersey, USA

609-924-4875 (fax)



What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?

How can I help shift our human intelligence and energies to intentional, conscious evolution?

What is your personal experience of collective wisdom in groups?

I've been fortunate to be in groups that have coalesced into coherence and resonance, yielding an integration that is the fundamental substrate for creative, collective wisdom. One of my research interests is to examine the quality of such group consciousness with scientific measures. As a result, I've been blessed with more than the usual share of such experiences.

What is it about the work in this field that excites you and connects you to your own deepest self?

We experience the world with beautiful immediacy, and with a quality of direct participation that seems completely natural. And yet it is quite magical. We take meaning from music, we know our loved ones from afar, and we leap in thought to the stars. Sometimes we sense that we have dissolved ourselves into a group or a larger whole. And we always have prayed as if it could make a difference. (from

Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of what brought you to this work.

Here's a chapter title for what brought me to my work: "Design by Coincidence." I was curious growing up, and gifted with an environment that allowed me to sample science and poetry, east and west, past and future in my imaginings. Thus I was prepared for synchronicity, for meaningful meetings with remarkable men and women. The choices I made about where to be and what to do were from a short list that in retrospect could hardly have been a simpler recipe for progress to an unlikely occupation. David Bohm said in Causality and Chance:

"First of all, we note that the universal interconnection of things has long been so evident from empirical evidence that one can no longer question it."

That's right, I think, and it is hard to envision a more rewarding challenge than to apply this understanding in the world.

How would you like to be available to others in this field?

The GCP is a large-scale collaboration that runs mostly on email connections, with occasional meetings and public presentations that allow me to see and touch people. This is rewarding for me, and I think it is another means to accomplish one of my primary missions, which is to help promote conscious evolution by giving people evidence of our interconnection and interdependence.

Links to this site or others:

Global Consciousness Project

The EGG Story - Measuring Global Consciousness Electronically

Other articles by Roger and others about the Global Consciousness Project

Related Links: "These links are a collection of images and ideas that express some of our feeling for the earth and our possibilities on this beautiful planet"

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