UK’s Ministry of Defence researching parapsychology

According to BBC News news story, a Ministry of Defence report shows that the UK government agency carried out tests to see if participants could demonstrate the psychic ability of ‘remote viewing‘ in 2002.

The document was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and reportedly outlines experiments to test whether participants could ‘see’ information hidden in envelopes.

During the study, commercial researchers were contracted at a cost of £18,000 to test them to see if psychic ability existed and could be used for defence purposes.

Some 28% of those tested managed a close guess at the contents of the envelopes, which included pictures of a knife, Mother Teresa and an “Asian individual”.

The MOD joins a long list of government agencies from around the world who have reportedly investigated psychic abilities.

The most famous supposedly being the CIA’s remote viewing experiments from the 1970s.

Link to BBC News story ‘MoD defends psychic powers study’.
Link to more from The Scotsman.

2 Comments

  1. Blake Stacey
    Posted February 23, 2007 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t that a picture of a woman with sinus pain? I suppose it’s an apt illustration, given the feeling I get from hearing about this kind of tax-money waste.
    Or perhaps I’m just bitter over my own failure at remote viewing:
    http://www.skepchick.org/blog/?p=317

  2. Posted February 24, 2007 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Perhaps she is busy using her amazing powers to remotely locate grant funds. That is a skill I need to learn.


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