NEW CORRELATION BETWEEN A HUMAN SUBJECT AND A QUANTUM MECHANICAL RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR,
BOEING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH LABS SEATTLE WASH PLASMA PHYSICS LAB
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It is generally assumed that experiments involving statistical processes can always be designed in such a way that the outcome is independent of the experimenter. In order to test this basic assumption a series of experiments was performed with carefully designed apparatus whose central feature is a device utilizing a quantum process to generate random numbers modulo 4. The random number generator is connected to four lamps and four corresponding pushbuttons. Pressing any one of the four buttons triggers a quantum process and produces a random number, which is indicated by the lighting of one of the four lamps. The system is designed such that there should be no correlation between the number 1..4 of the button pressed and the number 1..4 of the lamp lighted, and furthermore, no correlation between successively generated random numbers. A large number of human subjects were asked to press the buttons manually with the objective in mind of obtaining a high number of coincidences hits, i.e., events where the lamp next to the pressed button lights. From the results, it is tentatively concluded that there exists a weak but significant correlation between the statistical processes operative in these experiments and the experimenter who initiates the processes.
- Statistics and Probability
- Operations Research