Experiments with Random Event Generators (REGs) have a long history in the study of paranormal or anomalous behaviour. Nowadays with the help of modern electronics the design of such experiments can be much refined. In a current research project we are investigating non-deterministic time environmental triggers for the generation of random events, similar to tossing coins on a movable table, resulting in a binary data stream. Careful design allows the participants in the experiment to enter into resonance with the bit generating process. Coincidences between trigger and random signals will then show in an excess of 0's or 1's in the sequence. We explore the conditions for which such deviation can actually occur, including triggers from EEG and the output sequence itself. The key point is to avoid any sort of fixed frequency processing, but to provide as much a chance for coincidence as possible. In doing so, the device is "psi-enabled", whether it functions as detector for psi or not, in the sense that a participant can form a system with it, as proposed by von Foerster (1973), an organization characterized by operational closure that can change its own mode of operation.
In an extension of the above principle we constructed an array of RNGs on which several experiments with different parameters and timing can be run in parallel. This is for testing different hypotheses on the same source data and to directly compare the results. For example we run the conventional fixed frequency generator against its non-deterministic time cousin. The proposed hardware basis may shed new light on theoretical approaches to psi phenomena like DAT, MPI and OTs, as we would like to discuss them in the context of second order cybernetics.
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|Braeunig, M., Faul, T., & Walach, H. (2005, September). Non-deterministic REG timing scheme for PK studies. Paper presented at the 29th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, University of Bath, UK. Abstract retrieved from http://www.spr.ac.uk/psedsite/confprogramme.php3?year=2005#BraeunigFaulWalach|