“We didn’t know how to explain it, but we weren’t so much interested in explaining it as determining whether there was any practical use to it.”
The quote above comes from Major General Edmund R. Thompson, Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence from 1977-81. He was referring to the investigation of “psychic phenomena,” otherwise known as psi. Psi includes the study of intuition, mind-body connection, psychokinesis, telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, remote viewing, and much more.
Although hundreds of peer-reviewed studies have produced statistically significant results in this realm over the decades, psi is still greeted with unwarranted skepticism and disbelief.
“The discovery of truth is presented more effectively, not by the false appearance of things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.”
– Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860)
The 1995 declassification of the U.S. Government’s Stargate Program, which studied remote viewing — the ability of a person to describe a remote geographical location up to several hundred thousand kilometers from their actual physical location — proved their ongoing interest in this subject. This program lasted more than two decades, and was used multiple times, successfully, to collect intelligence from various locations.
They also studied precognition. Physicist and author Russell Targ, who pioneered the development of the laser and laser applications, also co-founded this program in conjunction with the Stanford Research Institute (SRI). You can view a recent talk he gave that was cancelled by TED, “Everything I know About ESP,” here.
When this program was declassified, the American Institutes for Research reviewed it, and both reviewers concluded:
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 at SRI and SAIC have been replicated at a number of laboratories across the world. Such consistency cannot be readily explained by claims of flaws or fraud.
Even as far back as 1985, a report prepared by the Army Research Institute disclosed that “the data reviewed in this report constitute genuine scientific anomalies for which no one has an adequate explanation for.”
A 1999 a statistics professor at UC Irvine published a paper showing that parapsychological experiments have produced much stronger results than those showing a daily dose of aspirin helps prevent a heart attack.
The list goes on and on, and with such obvious and credible results in the field, it’s clear that not only governments, but big corporations, like Sony, would want to capitalize on this too.
“These disturbing phenomena (ESP) seem to deny all our scientific ideas. How we should like to discredit them! Unfortunately the statistical evidence, at least for telepathy, is overwhelming.”