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Russell Targ's Ex TEDx talk: The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities

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Published on May 16, 2013

The video of this talk that's was picked up to publish on another site has more than 3 million views!

Originally conceived under a TEDx West Hollywood license as inspiration to change our fundamental value system to where mutual concern, as one humanity, becomes our new worldview, a daylong program Russell spoke at ultimately was presented by Suzanne Taylor's Mighty Companions non-profit foundation.

If you like what you see, please tell Chris@TED.com to help him understand the inappropriateness of TED's last-minute license cancellation for this uplifting program. For more: https://suespeaks.org/ex-tedx-west-ho....

Russell Targ is a physicist and author who was a pioneer in the development of the laser at Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space Company where he was a senior staff scientist. He was co-founder of a Stanford Research Institute's (SRI) investigation into psychic abilities in the 1970s and 1980s, primarily via remote viewing. His most recent book is "The Reality of ESP: A Physicist's Proof of Psychic Abilities." Website: espresearch.com

Here is the statement issued by Russell Targ after TED questioned his scientific legitimacy:
In canceling the TEDx event in West Hollywood, it appears that I was accused of "using the guise of science" to further spooky claims, (or some such). People on this blog have asked what I was going to talk about. That's easily answered. I was co-founder of a 23-year research program investigating psychic abilities at Stanford Research Institute. We were doing research and applications for the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, Air Force and Army Intelligence, NASA, and others. In this $25 million program, we used "remote viewing" to find a downed Russian bomber in North Africa, for which President Carter commended us. We found a kidnapped US general in Italy and the kidnap car that snatched Patricia Hearst. We looked in on the US hostages in Iran and predicted the imminent release of Richard Queen, who was soon sent to Germany. We described a Russian weapons factory in Siberia, leading to a US congressional investigation about weakness in US security. We published our scientific findings in Nature, The Proc. IEEE, Proc. AAAS, and Proc. American Institute of Physics. I thought a TED audience would find this recently declassified material interesting. And no physics would be harmed in my presentation.

And this...

Remote viewing is an ability that many people can easily learn. It is a nonlocal ability, in that its accuracy and reliability are independent of distance. Dean of Engineering Robert Jahn has also published extensively on his experiments at Princeton (Proc. IEEE, Feb 1982). I am not claiming it is quantum anything. It appears to possibly make use of something like Minkowski's (8 dimensional) complex space/time that he described to Einstein in the 1920s, and is now being re-examined by Roger Penrose. This is not necessarily the answer. But the answer will be some sort similar nonlocal space/time geometry. We taught remote viewing to 6 army intelligence officers in 1979. They then taught a dozen other officers and created an operational army psychic corps at Ft. Meade, which lasted until the end of our program in 1995. You can see two examples of real remote viewing on my website, www.espresearch.com. One with Hella Hammid is double-blind, live on camera for a 1983 BBC film, "The Case of ESP," available on Google.

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