Nirmala Devi Passes, Feb 23 2011

In a note on 25 Feb, Romain Mollard asked whether we could look at an event with importance in the spiritual world.

Also I would like to mention the work in the field of consciousness of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. A pioneer in the field of meditation and yoga.

She just passed away last wednesday. Funerals are being held between today and sunday. She's world renomned, althought maybe not a public figure. I was wandering if it would have an effect on the GC.

I explained that the GCP network is a nonlocal instrument, but it is best directed to specific moments in time. Because there are so many potential sources of effect, we need focused times ... if you know the hour of death, and it turns out there is some special feature in the data at that time, it can be argued that there is a correlation that might be meaningful. Even then, we know that the complex of influences make interpretation uncertain. But the narrower our specification, the more appropriate is an interpretation of specific correlation.

In any case, I did an exploratory analysis of the data on that day beginning at 4 pm UTC, running to midnight. I don't know the actual time of death, but there is a strong inflection at about 6 or 7 pm, after which the data have a persistent positive trend that is substantial.

Nirmala Devi
Passes, Feb 23 2011

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.

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