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The remote viewing (RV) work at SRI (1972-1990) and at SAIC (1990-1995) is unique in the history of the field of parapsychology.
For one thing, it is the only long-term psi-
research program known to have been funded by the U.S. government
(specifically, the Department of Defense and different intelligence
agencies, such as the CIA); second, its raison d'괲e was, from the
outset, driven by an interest in applications, i.e., the use of psi
for intelligence operations; third, because of its sensitive nature,
a majority of this work has been - and still is - classified.
Pilot trials with these individuals produced some truly astonishing results. For example, Swann suggested trying to remote view the planet Jupiter before the NASA Pioneer 10 spacecraft would photograph the planet.
To his surprise, he reported seeing a ring around the planet - which
seemed quite contradictory with all that was known about Jupiter;
nevertheless, Targ & Puthoff mentioned Swann's statement in their
report, and, soon afterwards, the photos taken by Pioneer 10 indeed
revealed an unexpected ring around the planet.
Nevertheless, even using conservative estimates of
success, and independent evaluations, the SRI data seemed clearly
supportive of the psi hypothesis.
Even more interesting was a short experiment which involved not only considerable distances between sender and receiver, but also the tremendous physical barrier of the ocean depths, known to block almost all electromagnetic radiation. Two sessions were conducted, each involving a gifted subject (Hella Hammid and Ingo Swann) who was in a submersible, in the depths of the Pacific; the sender was located at a randomly selected site in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Despite distance and the filtering
action of the ocean, both sessions were successful, with each
subject describing their targets with high precision, and the
quantitative results being statistically significant.
Working with a small, select group of
"expert" remote viewers, the SRI/SAIC researchers continued to
produce some very striking examples of the applied potential of
remote viewing, while also exploring certain fundamental questions
about the nature of this skill.
Although accepting that a significant effect had been shown under scientifically rigorous conditions, the AIR report suggests that there is no need to accept the reality of RV, and that, in any event, its pragmatic utility for intelligence-gathering had not been demonstrated. Following this, Edwin May made several public appearances strongly challenging the objectivity of the AIR, and questioning the true motives driving its report.
An article by May, detailing
some of the more objectionable aspects of this affair, has appeared
in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, along with articles by SRI
researchers Hal Puthoff and Russell Targ and AIR consultants Jessica
Utts and Ray Hyman.