There are a number of reasons why mainstream science and big business hasn’t thrown itself into parapsychological research efforts. Chief among these is its lack of replicability and the lack of a model for explaining how such phenomena function.
If looking for excuses not to invest time and money, the primary reason holding back funding for the paranormal is that it cannot as of yet control people’s behavior, nor can it effectively and reliably kill people, nor can it as of yet, allow one to make large sums of money (unless you’re a world famous medium who claims they regularly talk to the dead). In other words, psi phenomena is inherently incompatible and somewhat useless as related to western culture’s capitalism.
There has been only one major source of funding for psi research and its come from the military/intelligence community. Their desire was a simple one, wherein such abilities could passively perceive and access information that is non-local in both space and time. The specific nomenclature for this ability has been called “remote viewing”, which is nothing more than new age lingo to keep skeptics at-a-distance and not generate the all-too-common knee jerk response from mainstream science.
Essentially, remote viewing is telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and retrocognition rolled into a more common technical word usage. Does this remote viewing really work? Yes it does. Does it occasionally fail? Of course, we’re not machines. Can anyone become an all-star remote viewer? Not likely.
Precisely how accurate can remote viewing really be? At times, as accurate as if the viewer was physically at the site or person being observed. The specific application of remote viewing was to spy on our enemies; the old Soviet Union, China, North Korea, the Middle East, etc.
However, just because this psychic ability works for some, does not necessarily mean that every time a remote viewer makes an incredible claim, that it’s accurate.
If one cannot objectively verify the data retrieved remote viewing, the information is essentially worthless. When some remote viewers have claimed to have viewed aliens in the spaceships, god or the devil, it must be understood that such claims are totally untestable, therefore of no real value as far as objective clinical evidence is concerned.
While remote viewing is a passive process, the opposite, remote influence, is an active one, as it can remotely affect people and/or machines via psychokinesis. Does remote influence really work. Yes, but it’s far more difficult to achieve, as it’s more dependent on other variables and parameters associated with the operator.
Are there real-world countermeasures applicable to the remote viewing/influence process. Yes and no, depending upon who’s making the claim and what their subjective perspective is on this matter.
After all the government funding of such efforts were there any major breakthroughs regarding the understanding of such abilities? No, but if there had been such a breakthrough, most people would probably never hear about it.
But it must be stressed here that the success of our government’s remote viewing program was so great that the powers that be went out and hired professional debunkers to re-evaluate the statistics of said research efforts so as to disinform that public regarding the program’s accomplishments.
Although I stated this in another blog, our government wanted to make sure that our enemies, and the pubic in general, could never use remote viewing/influence against them. So by convincing the public that such paranormal abilities do not exist, they would be less tempted to use such knowledge against the U.S.
A final comment here on remote viewing. Just because certain people can demonstrate this ability and occasionally put it to use does not mean that they know how it really functions any more than the academicians who conducted the studies did. That’s why it’s called paranormal phenomena. A good metaphor here is that we all drive cars, but how many people really understand how an internal combustion engine, transmission or differential works? Hardly any. Point made.