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Remote Viewing
Mario Varvoglis, Ph.D.

What is remote viewing?
How does remote viewing differ from other forms of telepathy? What kind of research is being carried on regarding this phenomenon, and by whom?

"Remote viewing" is a term popularized by two physicists at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI, International) in California —Russell Targ and Hal Puthoff. They use the term to describe experiments in which persons attempt to psychically describe distant geographical or architectural targets. It’s really a special form of clairvoyance. Instead of simply trying to describe natural hidden objects (such as cards, pictures, numbers, and so on), the volunteer in a remote viewing experiment describes buildings, landscapes, and other natural or man—made structures that have been around for a long time.
Targ and Puthoff believed that such target sites with long and interesting histories might be more readily described than newer, less meaningful targets. They’ve done a number of remote viewing experiments thus far, with quite impressive results.

The experiment goes something like this: First, the experimenters select as subjects (let’s call them "percipients") people who are very interested in the experiment and whose lives contain few distractions — people who are "settled," who are comfortable with themselves and who have "found themselves," so to speak. Then, the experimenters help the percipients gain confidence that remote viewing is a natural, widespread ability and that very good results are likely to occur in the experiment. Sharing reports of past successes with the percipient is helpful at this point. Then a sort of "contract" is made in which it is agreed that at a certain specific time, one or a number of experimenters will drive to a randomly selected target site and remain there for 15 minutes or so, interacting with the target — viewing it, thinking about it, touching it and so on. The percipient agrees to attempt of physically trace this outgoing experimenter, to "tune in" on where he is and what he’s seeing and doing at the target site. Another experimenter remains in the laboratory with the percipient and tape records his psychic impressions. Neither the experimenter nor the percipient, of course, knows the identity of the target site at this time - the target could be just about anything within a 20—30 minute driving time radius. After he’s returned from the target site, the outgoing experimenter takes the percipient to visit the site so that he can gain information about the accuracy of his impressions. Independent judges later evaluate the results.

What is "associative remote viewing" and how is it used?
Researchers at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California had observed for a long time that persons doing remote viewing of distant sites were able to describe the more "right-hemispheric" aspects of the targets (shapes, forms, textures, colors, etc.) quite accurately; however, the viewers found it extremely difficult to describe more "left-hemispheric" target aspects (such as words, numbers, and functions). Since it is apparently very difficult to "read" numbers and letters psychically, but relatively easy to describe objects psychically, a technique was developed in which numbers or letters were represented or encoded by objects. In this associative remote viewing (ARV) procedure, objects are associated randomly with various numbers, letters, or outcomes to be predicted. It is agreed that the object associated with a particular future outcome will be shown to the viewer after the outcome has occurred. The task of the viewer is simply to describe, precognitively, the object that he or she will later be shown. Accurate descriptions of objects are translated into predictions of likely outcomes by the nonviewing members of the research team. Theoretically, the ARV procedure could be used to predict which of several locations contains some hidden object or person, the outcome of political elections, gambling outcomes, stock market fluctuations, etc. Some of these possibilities have already been successfully explored.

[This article used with permission of the Psi Explorer CD-ROM]


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