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Downloaded from PSINET - Steve Woodward Excerpts from "The Coming of Psi Technology" From the Applied Psi Newsletter By Alan Vaughan . In the one hundred years since the study of psychic phenomena began in 1882, parapsychology has inched its way toward increasing control and reliability of psi phenomena. Recent breakthroughs promise the coming of a true psi technology--the use of enhanced psi-mediated information together with sophisticated techniques for application in many sectors of society. The following areas look particularly promising: Remote Viewing . In California at SRI International, two physicists and a psi practitioner have been inducing people to describe unknown, remote locations. The psi practitioner, New York artist Ingo Swann, had shown himself to be a star subject by using his ESP to accurately describe a location when given only the geographical coordinates. The physicists, Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ, then tested over a hundred "average" people and found that two-thirds of them were successful in activating their ESP in remote viewing experiments. Some of these experiments involved precognitive remote viewing. The researchers found that visual impressions were more often dominant in accurate psychic perceptions than were verbal or analytical statements. . Remote viewing experiments carried out at other laboratories also demonstrated that "average" people have more than a 50-50 chance at success in activating their latent ESP abilities under the proper conditions. The Psi Experimenter Effect . For years parapsychology was embarrassed about the unpredictability of ESP results. Some experimenters consistently obtained high ESP scores from their subjects, whereas other experimenters consistently got very poor scores. Two researchers (from New York City College, Gertrude Schmeidler and Michaeleen Maher (1981), recently discovered that these two classes of experimenters can be distinguished just by having independent judges observe them. Viewers of videotapes, unfamiliar with parapsychology, rated the psi-conducive experimenters as being more enthusiastic and scores from their subjects, whereas other experimenters consistently got very poor scores. . With this insight from Schmeidler and Maher, it is now possible to some degree to control the results in psi experiments. If positive results are desired, the enthusiastic and flexible type of experimenter should be enlisted. Enhancing ESP Reliability . Can ESP be used to receive messages reliably? Even the best psi practitioners can be erratic. So, Dr. Milan Ryzl, formerly of Czechoslovakia and now of San Jose, devised a color-code scheme for sending an ESP message with his well tested psychic, Pavel Stepanek. By repeatedly guessing at the same targets, Stepanek was able to receive without error a message of three five-digit numbers. . Stepanek so distinguished himself at guessing the color of concealed green and white cards that he won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest consistent performer in ESP tests. His odds against chance reached astronomical values (i.e., one chance in 10 to the 50th power). Applications of Psi Technology . How can psi technology be applied? Take oil well drilling. Geological techniques alone typically yield a 10% success rate; that is, for every gusher, there are nine dry holes on the average. Psi technology might raise that rate up to 40 percent or more. Even if the rate were only slightly improved, millions of dollars now wasted on dry wells could be saved--perhaps put to work to study psi technology and its further effectiveness.

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