Remote viewing : definition, method and results.
The term ‘remote viewing’ was first used in 1974 by Targ and Puthoff to indicate the capability to detect events and objects at a considerable distance without relying on the usual senses, nor on communication channels. During their research, they applied the method described here. A test person is located in a lab and is assisted by a researcher throughout the experiment. Neither of them is able to communicate with the outside world until after the session. In the meantime, another researcher selects a target location from a collection of possible goals (=target pool). Then, he makes his way towards the chosen place. Upon arrival, he spends about 15 minutes carefully examining this spot. Next, in the lab, the test person is asked to start his/her attempt to find out where the experimentator was situated. During this attempt the test person is allowed to complete his/her report with notes and drawings. Afterwards, pictures of the target locations are presented, from which the test person has to select the right one. After the experiment and after the discussion of the outcome, the test person visits the correct target location. The report of this session, along with the drawings, is forwarded to irrespective critics. In their turn, these critics visit all places from the series of target locations and allocate a serial number to the locations as they more or less match the test person’s descriptions. The experiment has succeeded when the critics - guided by the test person’s descriptions - can indicate the right target location. Targ and Puthoff held 51 sessions with 9 test persons with very significant results. (p =.01) Other research, such as for example the experiment by Schlitz and Gruber in 1980, for which the researcher and the test person were located on different continents, resulted in a very significant outcome. (p = .000005) According to a meta-analysis in 1997 by Radin, the remote viewing experiments delivered positive results.
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