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Random Event Generator (REG) Outcomes at Historic Shepherdstown…

Random Event Generator (REG) Outcomes at Historic Shepherdstown and Museum Ghost Expedition 2018: Evidence of a Consciousness Bridge and a Decline Effect?

Graphical display of Random Event Generator (REG) experiment results captured by Maryland Paranormal Research ® at Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Random Event Generators (REGs) are statistical devices commonly employed in parapsychology to test mind-matter interactions, specifically microscopic psychokinesis (micro-pk) activity.

  • REGs generate a random walk from a sequence of 200-bit trials per second of binary [0,1] events. [The device flips a coin 200 times per second.]
  • A simple random walk is obtained by cumulating the errors (or normalized errors) from each run. For some purposes, it is convenient to compute the cumulative error squared
  • REGs also display a parabolic boundary at the 95% confidence level.  Hence random walks have a 1 in 20 chance of ending outside parabola bounds

At Princeton University, REGs were used to study global consciousness fields as part of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program spanning nearly three decades.  This global network of REGs is now managed by the Global Consciousness Project (GCP).

The Historic Shepherdstown and Museum Ghost Expedition 2018 REG experiment ran continuously over two epochs spanning several hours inclusive of direct radio voice (DRV) communication sessions.  

  • The first epoch commenced 7.43 pm on Aug 11 2018 and lasted approximately 4.5 hours. The REG experiment exhibited random walk trending that was mostly above baseline levels.  Overall the REG experiment delivered a medium Z score (0.962) that was statistically significant at the 17% level (in a one tailed test), suggesting higher than chance levels of psi functioning
  • The second epoch commenced 12.27 am on Aug 12 2018 and lasted approximately 2 hours. The REG experiment exhibited random walk trending that was mostly below baseline levels.  Overall the REG experiment delivered a medium Z score (-0.997) that was statistically significant at the 16% level (in a one tailed test), also possibly suggesting higher than chance levels of psi functioning
  • But was that really the case?  The runs appear to be symmetric (mirror images) with respect to the baseline.  However, the difference in valence (direction) might be attributed to declining levels of group participation and engagement.  The maximum number of participants in the communication sessions peaked during the 11pm – 12am time frame. Apart from the investigation team, most visiting participants had departed by 1 am 
  • The experiments suggest it is important to know the underlying dynamics of group engagement in interpreting REG outcomes.  The significant down trending in the second epoch could have been due to a “decline effect” in psi functioning as engagement gradually dwindled down.  This is not a decline effect in the traditional parapsychological sense of a lowering in effect sizes, but moreso a decline in psi functioning arising from lower engagement

These outcomes lend support for indications of implicit psi during the

Historic Shepherdstown and Museum Ghost Expedition 2018.  They appear consistent with REG experiments elsewhere.  A similar type of decline effect may have appeared in the Lexington Market Ghost Expedition in 2017.  The psi functioning is implicit, working on subliminal or unconscious levels. The conscious focus of participants is on the engagement itself

  • It is not possible to precisely know the sources of psi functioning (or field effects) on the REG, whether it is from post-mortem or living agencies (e.g. experiment participants and/or experimenters themselves).
  • REG results in isolation can’t provide evidence of a haunting. A haunting involves recurring activity experienced in varied physical forms seemingly sourced to post-mortem agencies, appearing to have an affinity for a location or parts of a location
  • Instead REG results may be conservatively interpreted as a consciousness bridge that at least bears close relation to efforts to communicate with post-mortem agencies, the attention given to that communication, and perhaps from the communications themselves
  • The outcomes seen here are not unlike those encountered when REGs are positioned near sporting events, where implicit psi from crowd engagement and attention appears to drive REG trending

The last image is an example of lens flare in infrared light.  The camera is pointed directly at a light source, which in this case is the Microsoft Windows Kinect Structured Light System (SLS).  The SLS emits a grid of infrared laser light, which is also reflecting off the surface of the lens, generating the elliptical shapes

REFERENCES:

Comparison of Random Event Generator (REG) Outcomes In Sequential Paranormal Investigations of Haunted Locations. (2016, Jun 4). Maryland Paranormal Research ®

Maryland Paranormal Research ®. (2017, Oct 8). Ghost Expedition Lexington Market Underground.  Maryland Paranormal Research ®

Nelson, R. (1998). The Global Consciousness Project: How the Measurement Works. Global Mind.

Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research. (2010).  Scientific Study of Consciousness-Related Physical Phenomena. Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Psyleron Inc., (2008). Random Event Generators: What is a Random Event Generator?  Psyleron Inc., Consciousness Technologies and Research.

Random Event Generator (REG) Outcomes in Baltimore County/Dundalk Historic District Ghost Expedition: Support for a Consciousness Bridge? (2017, Oct 5). Maryland Paranormal Research ®

Random Event Generator (REG) Outcomes in Frederick County/Brunswick Heritage Museum Ghost Expedition 2017: Evidence of Psi Functioning? (2017, Oct 20). Maryland Paranormal Research ®

IMAGES:

Maryland Paranormal Research ®. (2018, Aug 11).

Historic Shepherdstown and Museum: Random Event Generator Experiment at 1943 EST on Aug 11 2018. ©  Maryland Paranormal Research ®. All rights reserved.

Maryland Paranormal Research ®. (2018, Aug 12).

Historic Shepherdstown and Museum: Random Event Generator Experiment at 0027 EST on Aug 12 2018. ©  Maryland Paranormal Research ®. All rights reserved.

Maryland Paranormal Research ®. (2018, Aug 11).

Historic Shepherdstown and Museum: Underground Vault. ©  Maryland Paranormal Research ®. All rights reserved. 

Historic Shepherdstown Museum Ghost Expedition 2018 /Jefferson…

Historic Shepherdstown Museum Ghost Expedition 2018 /Jefferson County (“All the Time”)

http://maryland-paranormal.com Direct Radio Voice (DRV) stream (“All the Time”) captured by Maryland Paranormal Research ® at Historic Shepherdstown and Museum [Shepherdstown WV] Ghost Expedition Aug 11-12 2018. Stream of responses to queries concerning family histories in connection with the museum and area.  In the audio stream, one communicator was perceived to have a potential affinity for the museum and its antique piano.  The communicator may have been a former of the piano appears to claim playing (“All the Time”). Audio was captured with a Zoom H2N Handy Recorder.  The DRV stage consisted of a: P-SB7 ITC device; MACKIE 402-VLZ3 Mixer; HARMON DIGITECH 1066 Vocal Processor; ART EQ-351 31 Band 1/3 Octave Graphic Equalizer; TIMEWAVE DSP-599zx Digital Noise Filter and a BOSE speaker.  Audio was analyzed with PRAAT software which provided the wave forms and voice print.  The audio was also enhanced with noise filtering and normalization using AUDACITY. [AUDIO ENHANCED][HEADPHONES RECOMMENDED]

Historic Shepherdstown Museum Ghost Expedition 2018 /Jefferson…

Historic Shepherdstown Museum Ghost Expedition 2018 /Jefferson County (“It’s Kind of a Small World”)

http://maryland-paranormal.com Direct Radio Voice (DRV) stream (“It’s Kind of a Small World”) captured by Maryland Paranormal Research ® at Historic Shepherdstown and Museum [Shepherdstown WV] Ghost Expedition Aug 11-12 2018. Stream of responses to queries concerning family histories in connection with the museum and area.  In the audio stream, one communicator remarked (“It’s Kind of a Small World”). Audio was captured with a Zoom H2N Handy Recorder.  The DRV stage consisted of a: P-SB7 ITC device; MACKIE 402-VLZ3 Mixer; HARMON DIGITECH 1066 Vocal Processor; ART EQ-351 31 Band 1/3 Octave Graphic Equalizer; TIMEWAVE DSP-599zx Digital Noise Filter and a BOSE speaker.  Audio was analyzed with PRAAT software which provided the wave forms and voice print.  The audio was also enhanced with noise filtering and normalization using AUDACITY. [AUDIO ENHANCED][HEADPHONES RECOMMENDED]

Historic Shepherdstown Museum Ghost Expedition 2018 /Jefferson…

Historic Shepherdstown Museum Ghost Expedition 2018 /Jefferson County (“Perhaps, Jack of Hearts”)

http://maryland-paranormal.com Direct Radio Voice (DRV) stream (“Perhaps, Jack of Hearts”) captured by Maryland Paranormal Research ® at Historic Shepherdstown and Museum [Shepherdstown WV] Ghost Expedition Aug 11-12 2018. Streams of responses were heard during the Maryland Transcommunication Experiment involving playing cards.  The experiment appeared to generate internal dialogue and debate amongst the various communicators and advice for improving consistency in experiment outcomes. In the audio stream, the correct result (“Perhaps, Jack of Hearts”) was eventually returned.  Audio was captured with a Zoom H2N Handy Recorder.  The DRV stage consisted of a: P-SB7 ITC device; MACKIE 402-VLZ3 Mixer; HARMON DIGITECH 1066 Vocal Processor; ART EQ-351 31 Band 1/3 Octave Graphic Equalizer; TIMEWAVE DSP-599zx Digital Noise Filter and a BOSE speaker.  Audio was analyzed with PRAAT software which provided the wave forms and voice print.  The audio was also enhanced with noise filtering and normalization using AUDACITY. [AUDIO ENHANCED][HEADPHONES RECOMMENDED]

Historic Shepherdstown Museum Ghost Expedition 2018 /Jefferson…

Historic Shepherdstown Museum Ghost Expedition 2018 /Jefferson County (“Shepherdstown”)

http://maryland-paranormal.com Direct Radio Voice (DRV) stream (“Shepherdstown”) captured by Maryland Paranormal Research ® at Historic Shepherdstown and Museum [Shepherdstown WV] Ghost Expedition Aug 11-12 2018. Several responses were heard in reply to a (location) control question regarding the street coordinates of the museum.  During an explanation of control questions, the response  (“Shepherdstown”) was returned for the name of the town in the audio stream.  Audio was captured with a Zoom H2N Handy Recorder.  The DRV stage consisted of a: P-SB7 ITC device; MACKIE 402-VLZ3 Mixer; HARMON DIGITECH 1066 Vocal Processor; ART EQ-351 31 Band 1/3 Octave Graphic Equalizer; TIMEWAVE DSP-599zx Digital Noise Filter and a BOSE speaker.  Audio was analyzed with PRAAT software which provided the wave forms and voice print.  The audio was also enhanced with noise filtering and normalization using AUDACITY. [AUDIO ENHANCED][HEADPHONES RECOMMENDED]

Ghost Expedition Jefferson County, Shepherdstown WV: Entler…

Ghost Expedition Jefferson County, Shepherdstown WV: Entler Hotel/Historic Shepherdstown

Shepherdstown is considered the “oldest city in West Virginia” with a history predating the French-Indian War.  

The town was chartered in 1762 by the royal Virginia governor as Mecklenberg, named for Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz, wife of King George III. The name of Charlottesville had already been granted to another town in the colony. Thomas Shepherd was named the trustee of the town of 222 acres which had been granted to him in 1734.  Eventually the town would be named for him in 1798

Shepherdstown is also known by the nickname of “The Old Unterrified” due to its contributions to the nation’s wars. Shepherdstown was said to have provided more soldiers in the American Revolutionary War than any other town of its size in Virginia. In response to General George Washington’s call for volunteers in 1775, the Mecklenberg company of 97 men commanded by Capt Hugh Stephenson made the famous “Beeline March“ from Morgan Spring to Cambridge Massachusetts, ranging 600 miles in 24 days

According to the Shepherdstown’s Register in 1850, the town ”sent nearly three complete companies to the field“ in the War of 1812 and contributed to ranks of several other companies.  Troops from Shepherdstown, led by Lieutenant Bennett Riley, repulsed the British attack at the Battle of Plattsburgh.  During the capture of Fort George, a Shepherdstown resident, Michael Durnhoeffer, leapt upon the wall of the fort amidst a barrage of artillery fire, and yelled out, “HURRAH FOR OLD SHEPHERDSTOWN”

During the Mexican War, Colonel John Francis Hamtramck led the 1st Virginia Volunteer Regiment.  He was mayor of Shepherdstown from 1850 to 1854, and from 1853 to 1858 served on the Jefferson County Court. He died at his home in Shepherdstown in 1858.  The Hamtramck Guard (The Shepherdstown Light Infantry) was sent to Harpers Ferry to quell John Brown’s raid on the federal armory in 1859.  In the Civil War, this group became Company B, 2nd Virginia Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia

Battles took place all around Shepherdstown throughout the Civil War due to its proximity to Pack Horse Ford, a crossing of the Potomac River.  After the Battle of Antietam in 1862, Shepherdstown became a giant makeshift hospital for thousands of confederate wounded  

A Confederate rear guard, led by General William Pendleton, repulsed Union attacks on forces withdrawing from Sharpsburg in the Battle of Shepherdstown.  The 118th Pennsylvania, known as the Philadelphia Corn Exchange Regiment, suffered heavy losses against battle-hardened confederates, amounting to 269 casualties from 737 men

The properties making up the Entler Hotel were built in 1786 by Philip Adam Entler Jr and expanded in 1790 by Daniel Bedinger. The hotel returned to Entler family ownership in 1824 and was managed for many years by Daniel Entler and his wife Margaret, and later by their oldest son son Jacob.  

The Entler Hotel was a societal hub for Shepherdstown. However, the hotel suffered losses from caring for confederate wounded in the Civil War. After a devastating fire in 1912 which destroyed much of downtown German street, Entler family heirs sold the property, which after renovations opened as the Rumsey Hotel

In 1921, the property was acquired by Shepherd University and renamed Rumsey Hall where it served as a student dormitory, faculty housing and later as storage.  In 1973 the hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places.  In 1978, the city acquired the building and renovations were begun by Historic Shepherdstown in 1979.  The property reopened as Historic Shepherdstown and Museum in 1983

The Entler Hotel is thought to be haunted by the ghost of Peyton Bull Smith.  He was killed in a duel by his business partner Joseph Holmes on Tuesday, Nov 3, 1809 at daybreak. Smith was carried to the hotel where he died.  Noises, moans, and footsteps haunt the hotel.  Other folklore legends include a gambler shot himself after losing cattle money and the daughter of the hotel manager died in the 1910 fire within the hotel

Though less widely known, haunted activity in the form of imitative noises is also said to occur in the vicinity of the Schomaker & Co piano on the first floor.  The piano was originally owned by John Henry Schau and his wife Elizabeth Catherine Cookus-Schau (she was also called “Aunt Betsy”). The couple resided on German Street in Shepherdstown.

The paranormal television show Ghosts of Shepherdstown featured a series of haunted locations that were loosely clustered around the Town Run, a tributary of the Potomac river that runs through the center of the town

The ghost expedition sought “drop-in” communications in connection with the history and legacies of the Shepherdstown

REFERENCES:

Civil War Trust. An Interview with Nicholas Redding. American Battlefield Trust

Dandridge, D. (1910).  Historic Shepherdstown. The Michie Company Printers, Charlottesville, Virginia

Digital Exhibit: Schomacker & Co. Piano. (2016). Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

John Francis Hamtramck. (2018). Digital Exhibit. Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Langmyer, M. (2016). The Entler Hotel – Restoration. Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Langmyer, M. (2016).  Shepherdstown and the American Civil War.  Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Langmyer, M. (2016). The Battle of Shepherdstown.  Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Lehman, M.C. (2016). The Entler Hotel – History. Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

McGee, T. (1972, Oct 6). National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Rumsey Hall (Entler Hotel). National Park Service

McGee, T. (1973, Apr 2). National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Shepherdstown Historic District. National Park Service

Norris, D.A. (2018). Battle of Shepherdstown. American Battlefield Trust

Our Own Ghost of Shepherdstown. (2016). Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Price, J.C. and Woods, D.C (2016). The Entler Hotel – A Chronology. Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Rogers, J.E. (2013, Jan 13). Daniel Entler (b 1785 – d1866) and Family. Memorial ID 103540248. Find A Grave

Rumsey Hall (Shepherdstown, West Virginia). (2018, Apr 27). Wikipedia

Shepherdstown: Battle of Boteler’s Ford. (2018). American Battlefield Trust

Shepherdstown Gets Over Fire. (1912, Nov 16). The Daily News, Frederick, MD. Newspapers.com

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV “SEMI-QUINCENTENNIAL” 250TH ANNIVERSARY AND CELEBRATION. (2012). Corporation of Shepherdstown WV

Shepherdstown, West Virginia. (2018). Wikipedia

Stoner-Reed, P. (1987, Sep 26), National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Shepherdstown Historic District (Boundary Increase). National Park Service

Thomas, J.B. (2018). War of 1812. Digital Exhibit. Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

IMAGES:

Acroterian. (2008, Nov 29). Entler Hotel (Rumsey Hall), Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Wikipedia

Highsmith, C. M., photographer. (2015). The historic Entler Hotel, now the city visitors’ center, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Shepherdstown United States West Virginia, 2015. -04-29.  Library of Congress

Rumsey Hall, looking north or front view. (c 1925). Rumsey Hall Gallery. Shepherd University

Rumsey Hall as the Entler Hotel, looking northwest up German Street. (c 1880). Rumsey Hall Gallery. Shepherd University

Shepherdstown during the Civil War.  Historic Shepherdstown archives. Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Waud, A.R. (1862, Oct 11). Sketch of the Philadephia Corn Exchange Regiment Fording the Potomac Near Shepherdstown. Harper’s Weekly. p. 652. 

Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Boteler’s Ford, Potomac River near Shepherdstown. Point at which Confederate Army crossed after battle of Antietam

(c 1861-1865).   Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Ruins of bridge, across Potomac River at Shepherdstown.  (c 1861-1865).  

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Rumsey Hall as the Entler Hotel after the fire, looking west up German Street. (1912, Nov). Rumsey Hall Gallery. Shepherd University

The Entler Hotel when the Town bought in 1979. (1979). Historic Shepherdstown and Museum