Feeds

UK forces tested, rejected psychic techniques

Remote viewing far-fetched

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Britain’s military spent taxpayers' money to test out “remote viewing” as recently as 2002, only to conclude the technique had little value.

According to the BBC documents secured through the Freedom of Information act show the MoD initially sought to recruit professional psychics to take part in the research, failing to foresee that the pros tend to steer clear of men in white coats.

Consequently, Whitehall’s finest drafted in volunteers who were subjected to a rigorous program of research which involved blindfolding them and asking them to guess what was in a series of envelopes

The research, the cost of which was a vertigo inducing £18,000 apparently, was seen as a ringing endorsement for psychic warfare, with the volunteers managing a “close guess” at the contents of the envelope just 28 per cent of the time.

Why the UK wasted thousands of pounds of tax payers’ money investigating remote viewing is a mystery. After all, the US military has already wasted millions of dollars of their taxpayers’ cash conducting its own table tapping research, without much to show for it. Not even a WMD or two.

Perhaps something spooked Whitehall into thinking the Americans were, after all, able to remotely view and even control people thousands of miles away, for example in a small sidestreet near the Palace of Westminster. But this is patent nonsense, at least according to the voices in our heads.®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000
Through 25 per cent but more is needed: Get your UNIQUE rewards!
Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality
Life had just begun, code error means Russia's gone and thrown it all away
LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio
And verily, Vultures shall speak status unto distant receivers
SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk
No injuries or near injuries. Flight stayed in designated area
Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico
I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me. But at least I can find my way with ESA GPS by 2017
EOS, Lockheed to track space junk from Oz
WA facility gets laser-eyes out of the fog
prev story

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.