Do As One Day, 2012
Continuing our series of events looking at large-scale organized meditations and similar occasions, we look again at the data during a day of "breathing together". The occasion was a cooperation among several organizations, and was expected to bring large numbers of people to a shared state of conscious intention. Among the others joining doasone.org, were Medmob.org and TheMomentofPeace.com, as described here:
A silent global phenomenon is occurring! Do As One has linked up with The Moment of Peace and MedMob to inspire people from around the world to unite. On March 10th, tens of thousands of people, in over 300 cities around the world are joining together for an hour of silence to cultivate peace and harmony for humanity. Collectively, “Together As One”. The message is simple; take a moment and appreciate silence in order to expand peace with each other and from within.
Following is the invitation from Do As One:
Dear fellow breathers, This Saturday, March 10th, tens of thousands of people, in over 300 cities around the world are joining together for an hour of silence to cultivate peace and harmony for humanity. The message is simple; take a moment and appreciate silence in order to expand peace with each other and from within. *The Moment of Peace * *Saturday, March 10th 2012.* Two waves of silence - *Noon to 1PM* and *8PM to 9PM* in your own local time-zone.
The GCP event was set for the full 24 hour day since the description implies that there would be continuous meditation (silence). The result is Chisquare 85269 on 86400 df, with p = 0.997 and Z = -2.7301. It is worth noting that the consistent negative deviation has frequently been seen during large-scale focused meditations.
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.