Remote Viewing?

Ingo Swann


Well, with all the fuss over Remote Viewing going on in the Net, perhaps I should talk of some of RV's other aspects which lurk behind the over-hyped govt connections. Perhaps a few would like to know about those aspects.

First of all, there is the matter of nomenclature. A great many frames of reference have changed since the 1970s when the term RV was coined.

The functions of society are now on the verge of a permanent shift from the older generation to the younger one. The younger generation thinks in different contexts. They have to, because the world of the 1970s is not the world of 1995, and clearly will not be the world of 2008.

I predict that RV will be important in 2008. That's because other nations are in the process of researching it. The fallout from that research will be used to their advantage.


Concepts such as psychic, out-of-body perceptions, ESP, clairvoyance and remote viewing were still widely used 20 years ago. Those terms have now fallen out of fashion, and the younger generation has no idea what they referred to.

The situations and problems (S&Ps) represented by those terms, however, have not fallen from view. Indeed, they have taken on a new and vital luminosity, but under new nomenclature and new concepts. These are:


Although Virtual Reality has been given a strong technological twist, its S&Ps closely resemble those of what used to be called the Psychic Realms. In any event, one is said to Enter or Access virtual reality in which all information is possible.

In the past, shamans, psychics and clairvoyants were said to Enter or Access the psychic realms in which all information was possible. The basic contexts of virtual reality and the psychic realms are thus at least similar, and both contexts share similar S&Ps. The different nomenclature, however, divides the similar contexts into an obsolete past and a -new- Now.

But there is a very close similarity between them in that entering or accessing either virtual reality or the psychic realms involves the existence of human faculties which effect the entering or accessing process.


Psychics often thought of themselves as "wired" into cross-dimensions, alternative realities and levels of consciousness. All of these concepts were in existence by the early 1920s. When the first computers were invented during the 1940s, their mechanisms and performance were an ideal analogy to psychic mechanisms and performance.

Ironically, and probably insultingly to the skeptics, the acknowledged "father" of computers, the British mathematical genius Alan Turing, accepted PSI as a fact. In a famous paper he wrote exploring how one could distinguish between talking (at long distance) to a human or to a very advanced computer, Turing invoked Rhine's statistical proof of the existence of ESP. He concluded that this facility, and this one alone, separates the human from the machine, including his hypothetical mega-computer.

In other words, how can we tell if we are talking to a genuine human, and not to a machine? Test the fellow for ESP. If he's psychic, he's human! This may seem a trivial or even ridiculous result, but check it out with a few first class mathematicians and logicians before you walk away.

Turing did his seminal theoretical work in the late 1930s, and with the advent of World War II was immediately drafted into the "black" world of espionage and cryptography. His assignment was to break the "unbreakable" German code. Inventing and then using the secret technology that eventually matured into the modern computer, Turing and a handful of colleagues succeeded.

That they had broken the "Enigma" codes was Britain's most tightly held secret. So vital to the war effort was this single breakthrough, that Churchill allowed several British cities to be bombed without providing air defense, rather than alert the Germans to the fact that their codes had been broken.

The work of Turing and his computer remains to this day largely hidden under security wraps. Some discoveries really are too important to reveal, even to the scientific community, much less to the ordinary men and women who pay for the work with their tax dollars. Or so it seems, if the parallel story of the discovery of Remote Viewing, its subsequent widespread use by the US Intelligence community, and the recent meretricious trashing of it by the CIA are any guide.

The idea of Being Wired has undergone several evolutionary steps within the virtual reality arena. There is a saying current among computer freaks that one can now be wired into the Universe. Psychics have been saying the same thing, in almost the same words, for a long time. Only they don't refer to universal virtual reality wiring, but rather to "accessing the Universal Akashic Records."

Computer technology and its accompanying new mind-sets are merging with the parallel but until recently hidden Remote Viewing technology. A new paradigm is in the making, one that the young will grasp naturally, and at once.


The entire history of psychical research and parapsychology will become instantly intelligible if one replaces the old terms of psychic, etc., with the new ones of virtual reality, cross-dimensional wiring and multiple levels of consciousness. But there is one difficulty. The concepts of virtual reality are often presented merely as forms of entertainment and speculative use of computers. Psychics, especially shamans, always held that the psychic realms were real, virtually real. And they did use the term "virtually real."


Remote viewing is a form of virtual reality, or being wired into the Universe.


To sum up:

(1) Psychic realms equate to Virtual Reality;
(2) Both the psychic realms and virtual reality require Entry and Access;
(3) Entry and Access require the existence of specific human faculties
preexisting in our species;
(4) The human faculties are found in various levels of consciousness;
(5) Spontaneous Remote Viewing (SRV) is a random format of wiring between
virtual reality and levels of consciousness;
(6) Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV) is composed of discovering the correct
wiring and bringing the random format under conscious control.

(end of this rewiring transmission)