On June 18, 1925, a Czechoslovakian psychic named Brêtislav Kafka asked a group of people whom he had trained to be clairvoyant to ‘see’ what was happening to an expedition on its way to the North Pole (1). Explorer Roald Amundsen was attempting to fly over the pole, a feat which had not however been realized.
Safely in the town of Krásno and Becva in Czechoslovakia, the group applied an ability now known as far away viewing to determine the position of Amundsen’s efforts. “There is a terrible fog and a strong wind at the Pole,” they said. “No one from the expedition has gotten here however. The storm is too harsh to reach the Pole by air.”
Two days later, they heard that Amundsen had not been successful as they had determined. Later, Amundsen did manage to fly over the North Pole with a total of six crew members packed into one plane. A second plane had been damaged and was not part of the triumphant feat.
During World War II, Kafka and his trained band of psychics kept apprised of the war’s progress by far away viewing. Kafka would command a psychic to tell what he ‘saw’ happening at the front, while another member of his team would have the same order. The clairvoyants were unaware of what their teammates had reported. According to Ostrander and Schroeder (1), the reports usually agreed and Kafka had a “good indication” of what was happening hundreds of miles away. It is interesting to me that the authors do not discuss what Kafka’s role was, if any, in WWII, and what uses the information gleaned from his psychics were put.
slightly later, in the 1970’s, the CIA became interested in far away viewing and initiated a program at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) established by Harold E. Puthoff. In an excellent article published in 1976, Puthoff and Targ (2) reported a multitude of startling results. The data accumulated from over 50 experiments concluded that far away viewing, the ability to view “by method of innate mental processes far away geographical or technical targets” was not dependent or affected by distance and that the information reported by the subjects were non-analytic in character such as shape, form, color and material as opposed to the analytical aspects like function, names or numbers.
Interestingly enough, the purpose of the research was not to confirm or argument the occurrence of far away viewing, but to study it and its possible application for reconnaissance.
The term ‘far away viewing’ was coined by Ingo Swann (3), who has long been considered the ‘Father of far away Viewing’. Swann was an important aspect of Puthoff’s work and trained people who were as “psychic as rocks” to undergo training to develop far away viewing techniques. Of all the articles on paranormal abilities that I have researched, this is the first to state that the strength can be learned. There are already several articles obtainable on EzineArticles.com that discuss training and being trained as a far away viewer (4-6). Paul Smith on the International far away Viewing Association’s web-site states that far away viewing is not as much as “psychic occurrence” but an “imposed discipline or skill that helps the viewer to ease or ‘harness’ his or her own innate, inner psi abilities” (7).
Puthoff and Targ concluded that the difference between the experienced and inexperienced ‘percipients’ as the far away viewers were designated was the reliability of the results instead of the exhibition of the ability (2). A natural propensity toward the psychic occurrence seems to be required to enhance reliability of one’s ability.
Robert Jahn, who would soon become involved in the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program, proven extensive replications of the Puthoff work in the Chicago area by Dunne and Bisaha from 1976-1979 (8). Several of the earlier aspects of Puthoff’s research were confirmed, such as distance between subject and percipient not a factor and the more aesthetic aspects are more precisely perceived as opposed to the analytical details.
One more interesting characteristic was the time that the percipient viewed the far away location did not have to coincide with the time the subject was truly at the locale. Perceptions of the target site were obtained hours or already days before the subject visited the site or already before the selection of the target. The provide was at the minimum as successful as those tests conducted in real time.
In a later article, Jahn with Dunne expands that aspect to include retrocognition (the ability to see past events) in addition as precognition, nevertheless independent of the time interval. This was discussed as part of the PEAR program’s report in the Journal of Scientific Exploration (9).
However, in their pursuit to develop criteria to define and already quantify data received from far away viewing, the ability appeared to diminish. As part of the past experiments at SRI, a similar response was also noted (2). Since paranormal perception is a natural ability, the percipients and the researchers would prefer to see the strength enhance instead of decline. This ‘decline effect’ has been studied extensively by Dr. Charles Tart at the University of California. He considered repetitious responsibilities such as guessing cards as a “typical technique for deconditioning any response”, a “technique for extinguishing psychic functioning in the laboratory.
Another notable observation from the SRI experiment was that motion was rarely detected already if the agents were standing next to the moving objects, such as a aim crossing a railroad trestle target, although static objects were correctly identified (2).
At the time of the seventies’ experiments, SRI clearly could not disclose the involvement of the CIA. Throughout Puthoff’s paper, there are references to “government visitors”. However in 1995, the CIA declassified and approved documents for release, revealing their sponsorship of the far away viewing research. On the website remoteviewing.com, Puthoff expands on the scope of the experiments that included far away viewing of site in the Soviet Union (10). A percipient was given map coordinates complete with degrees, minutes, and seconds, but was told only that the target was a research and development facility. The percipient produced drawings of a building layout and a “multistory gantry crane” at the site. The results were sufficiently promising enough for the CIA to continue experimentation.
Despite the fact that the far away viewing experiments showed “statistically meaningful results”, its use in “intelligence gathering was not warranted” (10). The CIA’s ‘laissez faire’ stance has not deterred researchers from continuing to examine the occurrence. Moddell at the University of Colorado has shown that far away viewing and other paranormal abilities obey the second law of thermodynamics: The entropy of a closed system cannot decline as time progresses (11). However, his research and a follow-up paper on causation and retrocausation (12) are beyond the scope of this article.
In conclusion, far away viewing or far away perception is nevertheless a subject of intense research and study. Unlike other psi occurrence such as telepathy and telekinesis, a person can be trained to be a percipient and learn the techniques of far away viewing. Martha C. Lawrence broached the subject in “Ashes of Aries” (13) when her sleuth Elizabeth Chase, who had been trained in far away viewing techniques, mentions rather coldly that a friend of hers was involved in the SRI project and used for the government’s “dubious ends”. Although a work of fiction, Lawrence’s remarks are truthful, since the plethora of information obtainable thanks to the Internet discloses that already the CIA saw the advantages of far away viewing. Perhaps with the end of the Cold War and the continued scoffing of psi research by the scientific community has caused the CIA to distance itself from the program. at all event the reason, far away viewing is seen by many as a very real scientific fact with very real applications.
1. S. Ostrander, L. Schoeder,. Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1970.
2. H. E. Puthoff, R. Targ, A Perceptual Channel for Information move over Kilometer Distances: Historical Perspective and Recent Research, Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 67, No. 3, March 1976, pp 329-354.
4. G. O’Donnell, http://www.ezinearticles.com/?Scientific-Explanations-For-far away-Viewing&id=395039
5. T. Shafir, http://www.ezinearticles.com/?far away-Viewing—Making-Light-of-the-Dark&id=21273
6. M. Tyler, http://www.ezinearticles.com/?far away-Viewing—Tips-From-An-Experienced-Viewer&id=535201
7. P. H. Smith, http://irva.org/papers/WhatisRV.html
8. R. G. Jahn, The Persistent Paradox of Psychic occurrences: An Engineering Perspective, Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol 70, No. 2, Feb. 1992, pp 136-170.
9. R. G. Jahn and B. J. Dunne, The PEAR Proposition, J Scientific Exploration, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 195-245, 2005.
10. H. E. PUthoff, CIA-Initiated far away Viewing at Stanford Research Institute, http://www.remoteviewing.com
11. G. Moddel, Entropy and Subtle Interactions, J Scientific Exploration, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 293-306, 2004.
12. G. Moddel, Entropy and Information Transmission in Causation and Retrocausation, FRONTIERS OF TIME: Retrocausation – Experiment and Theory. AIP Conference Proceedings, quantity 863, pp. 62-74, 2006.
13. M. C. Lawrence, Ashes of Aries, St. Martin’s Press, 2001.