The certainty of chance
Can one person really change the world? The answer, claims Princeton's parapsychological Global Consciousness Project, is no. At least, not just by thinking about it. But results of recent experiments by the GCP hint that the combined mental energy of millions may indeed have some impact upon world events. After measuring the readouts from random number generators stationed all over the world for the past seven years, the group found spikes of decidedly non-random activity surrounding a number of world-shaking events like the 9/11 attacks and the Indian Ocean tsunami.
So what does this mean? "We may be able to predict that a major world event is going to happen," said the project manager, Roger Nelson, "but we won't know exactly what will happen or where it's going to happen." Just what the world needs: more anxiety about things we can't control. (I don't know about you guys, but I didn't need a seven-year study by Princeton parapsychologists to know that something bad is going to happen, somewhere in the world, at some point in the near future.)
Check out this interesting article for more on how the experiments work.