New revelations today that the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) investigated the efficacy of remote viewing (also known as 'travelling clairvoyance...that is, the ability to see things at a remote location via some supranormal sense). As most readers will know, the US Army and various intelligence agencies also utilised remote viewing during the 1970s and 1980s under a variety of programs, best known under the rubric of Project Stargate (see the video I posted last week about Stargate for extra information).
Ufologist and former MoD staffer Nick Pope broke the news to the UFO Updates mailing list giving details of how the information came to light:
The study was undertaken in 2001 - 2002 and the document was formerly classified Secret UK Eyes Only.
The document was obtained by author Timothy Good under the Freedom of Information Act, and with his consent I broke the story in the media today.
You can download the MoD project documentation directly from their website (two PDFs, around 4mb each). The conclusion of the investigation was largely negative, with the document saying results were "undoubtedly disappointing with no one achieving any useful performance as a RV subject". On the other hand, it is also of note that untrained novices were used as viewers, and the method did not adhere to the well known Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV) protocol which was developed by Ingo Swann and utilised in Stargate.
Update: The BBC's flagship news program Newsnight has covered the story, the video is currently available here (not sure if it will last) - the segment is about 4/5 of the way through the program, so move the slider. A little bit of a parallel to the coverage of the Stargate program on Nightline with Ted Koppel when the program was declassified in 1995.
Missed this terrible story last week - apologies for my tardiness. Erik Davis reported at his excellent Tech Gnosis website that the library of the late Terence McKenna was destroyed in a fire two weeks ago, at the storage offices of the Esalen Institute:
Esalen lost little of their own archives, the vast bulk of their books, photos, audio and videotapes residing elsewhere. Unfortunately, the institute was also using the offices to store the amazing library of Terence McKenna, the visionary psychedelic bard who passed away in 2000. The plan was to eventually install the books at Esalen, a place that Terence loved but which is hardly associated with scholarly pursuit. That plan will never be realized.
Erik reports that among the destroyed items were personal papers and even a 1659 folio of Isaac Casaubon’s A True and Faithful Relation of what passed between Dr. John Dee and some spirits. Tragic.
A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...
- Greg Bishop says that "SERPO was a Big Fat Fake" over at UFO Mystic.
- Thothweb's latest podcast is on lake monsters, underwater ruins and the theory that water has memory. Bit of a H2O theme there this week.
- Regan Lee takes a look at Nick Redfern's 'Keelian Attitude'.
- Michael Prescott talks about Jesus and the eyewitnesses.
- UFO Casebook #243 is now online.
- The Psychedelic Salon's latest podcast is "Adventures of an Urban Shaman", with speaker Matt Pallamary. Also added this week is a Burning Man lecture from Amanda Fielding and Mark Pesce.
- Filer's Files #8 for 2007 has the latest ufological news.
I lick my brain in silence...
- The Guardian has a new piece on the Condign Report from last year (which suggested 'plasma' as an explanation for UFOs).
- Colossal squid caught off New Zealand.
- Energy from garbage.
- Meeting Mr Pratchett, the deity of Discworld.
- Meet the 5,000-year-old priestess with a golden eye.
- Medieval Islamic designers created Penrose tiles five hundred years before the modern-day genius developed the concept.
- New discoveries add to the evidence that Clovis people were not the first to populate North America.
- Scientists stumble upon one of the world's oldest cities.
- America's dance with the Middle East goes all the way back to the Founding Fathers.
- Vandals deface Albert Pike Memorial Temple with satanic symbols. Well, the Scottish Rite founder was a Luciferian after all...
- Chimpanzees found to use spears for hunting lesser mammals. National Geographic has some video. Fascinating to watch.
- Yesterday I reported about the US Army's paralysis beam. Put that with their heat-beaming weapon and it sounds like a fun old time doesn't it...monkeys with spears, a million years on.
- Five mysteries that will never be solved.
- While you slumber, your brain puts the world in order.
- Cloning: where are we, ten years on from Dolly the sheep?
- Texas man runs up $24 billion electricity bill. A Dubya joke would be too easy...
Quote of the Day:
Monkey, killing monkey, killing monkey, over pieces of the ground.
TOOL ('Right in Two')
Respected ufologist Nick Redfern has released a new book, though not on the subjects most know him for - the latest is titled Celebrity Secrets: Official Government Files on the Rich and Famous (Amazon US and UK). While the actual secrets of celebrities doesn't appeal to me too much, what does interest me is Nick's investigation into how and why the government collected files on certain individuals - quite an eye-opener for anyone who has a benign view of intelligence agencies and their ability to track someone's daily life.
The book arose out of Nick's excellent work tracking down government files on ufology, in previous books such as Bodysnatchers in the Desert and On the Trail of the Saucer Spies. For more information, Nick discusses the background to the new book on his blog at UFO Mystic, and you can also find more details on the book (including a table of contents and an excerpt) at the publisher's page.
Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:
Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week William Henry talks to Gary David about his theory on how the Hopi nation of the American Southwest created its early villages, in their entirety, as a reflection of the night sky.
Coast to Coast AM: First two hours Friday Linda Moulton Howe will report on threatened species and a new effort to preserve plant seeds as survival insurance against doomsday events, followed by open lines. Early show Saturday Ian welcomes Harvard Medical School faculty member Dr. John Abramson, who'll discuss how Americans are being misled about cholesterol concerns. Afterward, Art Bell talks to former member of DARPA's Alpha Com team, Dick Criswell, who will discuss the government's involvement with UFOs, and the legacy of UFO/alien researcher Dr. Michael Wolf. Sunday's guest is abductee and author Jim Sparks who will share his more of his account of nearly 2 decades of encounters with aliens, providing one of the most detailed documentations of abductions in history.
More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. Remember also that while Coast to Coast is subscription, Dreamland is free. Dreamland also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.
In the player at the moment: Scarsick, by Pain of Salvation. Disco prog metal doesn't get any better than this...
- The New York Times asks, can Dan Brown sound more like Dan Brown than Dan Brown's imitators do (I'm trying to do the math, but I think there is still only one Dan Brown)? And who is this Greg Taylor guy they mention anyhow, he sounds a bit dubious to me...
- Opus Dei to strike back against Dan Brown with their own film. I see the plotline now...mild-mannered New England author revealed to be a baby-killer who burns the flag in his spare time.
- US Army to demonstrate use of paralysing light beam. Sounds a little like some ET encounter stories I've read...they haven't been testing it on unsuspecting subjects have they?
- Apocalypse now? Jeff Wells points out a few strange and disturbing news stories from the past two months.
- 'Paranoid androids' in ten years. And when they say 'emotions', they of course mean some completely different thing.
- Autonomous robots join together to make individual superbot. With video.
- In the near future, people may be able to record everything they see and hear and keep it in a personal digital archive. We're going to need a powerful editing tool I think...
- What colour is pi? Savant Daniel Tammet has an opinion.
- Research turns memory theory on its head.
- Bacteria used to reinforce buildings against earthquakes. Just as long as the earthquake doesn't measure 'antibiotic' on the Richter scale.
- Astronauts should 'ski the Moon'.
- Rocket explodes over Australia, showering space with debris.
- Hail John Frum! Vanuatu cargo cult celebrates fifty years of 'in Frum we trust'.
- Is it all a load of sh*t? "Led astray by a Dead Sea latrine".
- Sudden freeze may have wiped out Neanderthals.
- Raelians selling Quebec compound for $3million. I'd want a serious clean of the bedrooms if I were the buyer.
- Endangered languages encode plant and animal knowledge.
- The phony economics of Second Life.
- Medium Allison Dubois drawn to missing teen case.
- Jim Carrey's life is now ruled by the number 23.
- Today's pwnage news: RFID powder.
Quote of the Day:
It's important to abolish the unconscious dogmatism that makes people think their way of looking at reality is the only sane way of viewing the world...If one can only see things according to one's own belief system, one is destined to become virtually deaf, dumb, and blind. It's only possible to see people when one is able to see the world as others see it. That's what guerrilla ontology is...
Robert Anton Wilson
UFO News is providing an 8-part video interview series with the late, great Robert Anton Wilson. The interviews were videotaped over 15 years ago in his Santa Monica apartment, with RAW discussing everything from the Illuminati to UFOs and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. At this time, there are six of the eight videos available, though the final two should be available over the next couple of days.
Jump at just the right moment?
- It may hit Earth but don’t worry we have a plan.
- Ritual piece of Stonehenge discovered.
- Universe literally born out of nothing? Or perhaps not?
- Bubble fusion back with a pop.
- Isaac Newton theory is confirmed.
- By giving tumours their correct names, scientists gain power over them. Finally winning the fight?
- A cool solar mystery.
- 737 US military bases equals global empire.
- Mr Death: the rise and fall of Fred A Leuchter Jr. Some background here and here.
- One third of the holocaust. Rebuttals here.
- The most annoying things about Windows Vista.
- Have you heard about B Flat?
- How does a sideways bike work? And how many people will it kill?
- 911: the video.
- The activities of NGC 1097.
- BBC hit piece is a tissue of lies, bias and emotional manipulation.
- Earth’s year much longer 1 billion years ago.
Quote of the Day:
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
A strange assortment to get you through the week...
- Nick Pope documents the famous British UFO case, "The Cosford Incident".
- Michael Shermer investigates the science of happiness in his 'Skeptic' column for Scientific American.
- SurvivalAfterDeath.org makes a welcome return with a new historical essay, "Spiritualism at the Palace", by John Dale.
- Thothweb has "Intelligent Alien Design".
- Binnall of America Audio this week interviews Jerry E. Smith about HAARP and weather manipulation (mp3/podcast or via streaming Flash).
- The Société Périllos have part three of their series "Forgotten Secrets of the Church of Rennes-le-Chateau". For the previous instalments, check the Rennes-le-Chateau summary page on the SP website.
- Skeptic Randi has his own take on the closure of PEAR, in his latest newsletter.
- More afterlife experiments: full text of a scientific paper by Julie Beischel and Gary Schwartz: "Anomalous Information Reception by Research Mediums Demonstrated Using a Novel Triple-Blind Protocol".
- The latest podcast on Nearthwort Obtain is an interview with Siberian shaman Biven Mamonta.
- Wonderful whacky weirdness still does happen, and Jeff Wells has got it covered in his recent blog post, "The Shock of Awe" (Part One).