Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/02/23/remote_viewing/
UK forces tested, rejected psychic techniques
Remote viewing far-fetched
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.®