There is evidence that a number
of world governments have spent millions of dollars sponsoring
the development of psychic abilitites even though traditional
science denies that they exist.
The United States
From 1981 to 1995, five different US government-sponsored
scientific review committees were given the task of reviewing
the evidence for psi effects. The reviews were prompted
by concerns that if psi was genuine, it might be important
for national security reasons.
Reports were prepared by the Congressional
Research Service, the Army Research Institute, the National
Research Council, the Office of Technology Assessment, and
the American Institutes for Research (the latter commissioned
by the Central Intelligence Agency). While disagreeing over
fine points of interpretation, all five of the reviews concluded
that the experimental evidence for certain forms of psychic
phenomena merited serious scientific study.
For more than 20 years, the United States military had a
budget of seventy million dollars a year for the purpose
of psychic research with special emphasis on 'remote viewing'
which was a technique of locating a target using only the
In his most interesting book, "Remote Viewers—The
Secret History of America's Psychic Spies", (1997)
Jim Schnabel cites a number of highly credible sources,
including an American president, about the reality of Remote
Viewing applied for military objectives. Here are some of
'I never liked to get into debates with
the skeptics, because if you didn't believe that remote
viewing was real, you hadn't done your homework.' Major
General Edmund R Thompson, U.S. Army Assistant Chief of
Staff for Intelligence, 1977-81, Deputy Director for Management
and Operations, DIA, 1982-84 (Schnabel 1997: cover).
'There were times when they wanted to
push buttons and drop bombs on the basis of our information.'
Dr Hal Puthoff, a former manager of the remote-viewing
program (Schnabel 1997: cover).
'She went into a trance. And while she
was in the trance, she gave us some latitude and longitude
figures. We focused our satellite cameras on that point,
and the lost plane was there.' Former President Jimmy
Carter, recalling a 1978 remote-viewing operation (Schnabel
In 1995, the American Institutes for Research
reviewed the remote viewing program at the request of the
U. S. Congress.
Statistician Jessica Utts of the University of California,
Davis, one of the two principal reviewers, concluded that
"The statistical results of the studies examined
are far beyond what is expected by chance. Arguments that
these results could be due to methodological flaws in
the experiments are soundly refuted. Effects of similar
magnitude to those found in government-sponsored research
… have been replicated at a number of laboratories
across the world. Such consistency cannot be readily explained
by claims of flaws or fraud…."
Surprisingly, the other principal reviewer,
skeptic Ray Hyman, agreed:
"The statistical departures from chance appear to
be too large and consistent to attribute to statistical
flukes of any sort…. I tend to agree with Professor
Utts that real effects are occurring in these experiments.
Something other than chance departures from the null hypothesis
has occurred in these experiments."
Why did the program end?
According to a number of sources the CIA, at the request
of Congress, took over the remote viewing program and stopped
its funding in 1995. The official reason given for this
was an unfavorable review by the two scientists mentioned
above. However according to Joseph McMoneagle's bookMind Trek(1997) these scientists were not
shown 99% of the documented results of remote viewing, which
were and are still classified, were forbidden to speak with
any of the remote viewers or project managers and were not
given any means to evaluate the operational effectiveness
of the information they were shown (1997: 218-229). Some
people claim that the program did not really end and it
is being carried on in secret.
Joseph McMoneagle interview
Russell Targ talks about
A brilliant book Mind
at Large Mind at Large: Charles T. Tart (Editor), Harold
E. Puthoff (Editor), Russell Targ sets out all the experiemental
evidence for remote viewing and psi. Reviewer Maanei Derakhshani
" The studies conducted at Stanford Research Institute
are clearly displayed, with the entire methodology presented.
Counter arguements are even given towards the critiques
that the studies, amazingly, continue to face from CSICOP
and James Randi. And though I am member of CSICOP, this
criticism through ignorance is very troubling to me.
Replications of such studies are also
presented in the work of Jahn and Dunne of the Princeton
Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory (PEAR), a group
that I have recently become affiliated with. Various theories
of psi are also presented in the works of Michael Persinger,
Charles Tart, Helmut Schmidt and many others. After reading
this book, it will be impossible to deny the existence
of an anomalous statistical and possibly cognitive phenomena,
without betraying one's intellectual honesty.
This book is required reading for all
who are interested and willing to evaluate parapsychology
from a serious, scientific point of view."
Remote viewing goes commercial
Several of the remote viewers formerly involved
in the military program are now employing their skills for
private enterprise and can be contacted via the internet.
A number of remote viewers are teaching
the skills to others.
Some locate minerals using their skills the way that psychic
Dr Richard Ireland did.
On the internet
Joseph McMoneagle- A most comprehensive
Internet site which contains links to a number of academic
and scholarly journal articles and papers by leaders in
the field of remote viewing is by http://www.mceagle.com/remote-viewing/refs
Dr Hal Puthoff’s paper “CIA-Initiated
Remote Viewing At Stanford Research Institute” sets
forth details of the integrated results of the program which
he claims provide unequivocal evidence of a human capacity
to access events remote in both space and time. http://www.biomindsuperpowers.com/Pages/CIA-InitiatedRV.html