Remote viewing is the ability to perceive people, places,
events, and objects remotely by directing the conscious
mind to a destination provided by specified coordinates.
The modern process of remote viewing was initially
developed by Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff at the
Stanford Research Institute at the request of the CIA in
Remote viewing is the ability
to perceive people, places, events, and objects remotely by
directing the conscious mind to a destination provided by
specified coordinates. The modern process of remote viewing
was initially developed by Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff
at the Stanford Research Institute at the request of the
CIA in 1972.
Code-named Scangate, the
classified program developed as a response to Soviet
research into psychic phenomena. The Soviet Union was
believed at the time to have spent 60 million roubles on
psychic research. The project focused on a very small group
of individuals who showed psychic potential.
During the early testing of
the group, NY artist, Ingo Swann was able to accurately
describe the features of a uniquely-designed magnetometer
buried six feet beneath a concrete floor. He also
demonstrated the ability to affect the output signal of the
Swann soon became bored with
the scientific repetition of experiments and suggested that
he could travel psychically to other places on the planet.
After some initial reluctance, this was attempted, and
proven to be successful. Ingo Swann and other viewers,
including Pat Price, were provided with latitude and
longitude coordinates, and they attempted to view the
geographical location at those coordinates. Ingo Swann and
Pat Price proved to be remarkably accurate at this
Further rigorous testing of
Swann, Price, photographer Hella Hamid and others at SRI
convinced Targ and Puthoff that remote viewing was not just
an ability to be enjoyed by certain psychics but that
anyone accomplish it. The remote viewing program went
through a number of changes over the years in structure as
well in name. Later code names include Gondola Wish, Grill
Flame, and in 1991, Star Gate.
Over the course of twenty
years, the United States spent $20 million on Star Gate and
related projects. Over the course of its existence more
than forty personnel worked on the project, including more
than twenty remote viewers.
Concerns about the program's
effectiveness led the CIA to contract the American
Institutes for Research (AIR) to provide an evaluation.
Their final report included an endorsement from
statistician Jessica Utts, who found the government
psychics' 15% success rate statistically significant; and a
rebuttal from noted sceptics Ray Hyman, who pointed to
flaws in the ways the experiments were conducted and
AIR's final recommendation to
the CIA was to terminate the program, which it did in 1995.
According to the CIA, Remote Viewing has never provided
data used to guide intelligence operations.