Optimizing Psi with the Sidereal Pipe Light

Desk light that changes color based on sidereal time to notify you when you are most psychic

This idea is based on research that anomalous cognitive effects are more pronounced at specific sidereal times.

Sidereal Pipe Light

The premise of the journal article is that there are specific times of the day when you are more likely to be physic. This was based on analysis of experiments where participants attempted to “influence” random systems. By looking at the times associated with a database of 1468 free response trials, the author determined that anomalous cognitive effect size was 3-4x greater when occurring near 13.5 h local sidereal time.

Why use local sidereal time (LST) and not the standard time of the day?

Well, the author theorizes that there’s evidence for a casual connection between performance and the orientation of the subject or participant, the earth and the fixed stars.

What’s interesting is the characteristics of the effect size over the course of 24h LST.

It may be possible to increase effect size in AC experiments as much as four-fold by timing them near 13.5 h LST

On the other hand, you might not want to time your experiments 19h if you’re looking for a positive result.

Interesting to note is that Sagittarius A* (the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy) is right at the horizon at 13.5 h. One theory for the results is that Sagittarius A* is a significant source of background noise that dampens psychic effects and is most evident when directly overhead (around 19h LST).

Pipelight Build

For this project I programmed a Phillips Hue light to change color based on the expected effect size from the chart above. The idea being to move from one end of the color spectrum to the other (red to green) depending on whether the effect size was considered positive or negative.

Perhaps the most maddening part of the project was the complexity involved with developing an algorithm that could change the hue in even increments.

The chart above depicts the CIE colorspace which describes a coordinate for a given color.

Ultimately I just set the colors based on trial and error. I tested different color codes until I found an even transition for each hour in a 24 hour period.

I used python for this, I run the script on a schedule using crontab and send a command to the Hue bridge using the Phillips API.

Each hour has a code block that looks like the below. The “hue” parameter is the color address.

if LSThh == 22:
        if LSTmm < 30:
                puthue = '{"hue":12400}'
                print puthue
        if LSTmm > 29:
                puthue = '{"hue":14400}'
                print puthue

if LSThh == 23:
        if LSTmm < 30:
                puthue = '{"hue":15200}'
                print puthue
        if LSTmm > 29:
                puthue = '{"hue":14400}'
                print puthue

Another dilemma was how to determine LST based on my local time and location. Ultimately I borrowed this Sidereal calculator script.

I was very satisfied with the way the project turned out. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this idea. If you’re interested in my final code, drop me an email and I’ll send it your way!