While the combined results are only tentative in terms of the confidence with
which the null hypothesis can be rejected, they indicate that some condition or
process that occurred during the planned time of the global event was
correlated with and may have caused a small change in the performance of random
event generators set to address this possibility in a pre-planned,
multi-laboratory, international study. Other than chance fluctuation as an
alternative explanation for the results (which the p-value addresses) other
speculative explanations could be advanced. One that may have some merit would
attribute the effect to specific intentions on the part of the experimenters or
others who knew about the experiment. However, the study was not designed to,
nor is it capable of rigorously addressing secondary questions of this nature.
The results do confirm the experimental hypothesis, and they replicate findings
in related experiments. Together with these they contribute to an impressive
body of evidence for an anomalous, direct interaction of human consciousness
with physical systems, even though the sources and mechanisms of the
interaction remain obscure.