Here is a Brief Description of Our 1999-2000 Demonstration of
We have long been engaged in experiments relating
to time. Thus, our experiments that we use in this public demonstration
are also designed to assist us in our time experiments. Here
are the basics of our experiments that you see conducted here:
At an appropriate moment, a predesignated
person (a "tasker") writes something called a "target
specific." The tasker is the person who decides what our
viewers will look at when they remote view. What our viewers
look at is called the "target." The "target"
is defined by the "target specific," which is a written
description of the target. Our "time spin" on these
experiments is operationalized by having the target specific
written AFTER the remote-viewing sessions are conducted. If this
sounds odd, consider this....
It has long been noted in more than one psi
lab that it does not seem to matter whether or not a target specific
is written before or after the remote-viewing session is completed.
That is, if a remote viewer perceives a target, but that target
is not chosen until after the session is conducted, the accuracy
of the session seems to be about the same as with a situation
in which the target is chosen before the actual viewing takes
place. At The Farsight Institute, we have replicated these basic
results, and conducted additional experiments to widen our understanding
of the parameters involved. What we seek to do now is to add
an additional ingredient to our prior experiments, an ingredient
that involves public participation. In short, we want to know
if our past results are dependent on a certain psychic mind set
among our in-house participants. Or, from an opposite point of
view, we want to know if adding other onlookers and participants,
especially individuals who are skeptical or even hostile to the
general remote-viewing phenomenon, will affect the outcome of
the experiments. Remote viewing is a mental phenomenon where
ideas matter. In this case, we need to know how robust our time
experiments can be in the presence of a wide range of participant
The key question, from a skeptical public's
point of view, of course, is the independence of the person who
is choosing the targets. We are grateful for the assistance of
respected outsiders for this role. Individuals who help us are
making a significant contribution to our research efforts. Specifying
a target so that it works correctly with our remote viewing experiments
is not as simple as it might seem initially. It is essential
that our target specification procedures be completely comparable
across all of our experiments. Small variations in the manner
of target specification can produce profound variations in session
results, and to understand variations in results our controls
must not vary haphazardly. Choosing useful targets takes time
and careful thought.
The TASKING-POST Experimental Condition
When a target is written after remote-viewing sessions take place,
we call this a "tasking-post" experimental condition.
The key ingredient in such a situation is to allow the public
to verify that the remote-viewing sessions are not altered after
the target description is posted. In such a situation, each viewer
produces a typed transcript of his or her remote-viewing session.
The transcripts are then encrypted using the freeware version
of PGP (Pretty Good Privacy),
one of the leading encryption software programs. The viewers
keep their passwords secret until the target description is publicly
available. The encrypted session transcripts are available for
ftp download from this site. You (the onlooking participant)
can download the transcripts and hold them on your computer's
hard drive while you wait for the tasker to decide on the target
and to write the target specific. When the target specific becomes
available, we post it (without encryption) on this site for you
to see. We also at that time post scans of the original sessions
and both passwords that are needed to de-encrypt the session
transcripts. To de-encrypt the transcripts you double-click on
the files (on your hard drive, not our web site) from within
Windows Explorer and then enter the appropriate password. If you are using a Mac computer, you
will need to have PGP installed. An unencrypted
version is then saved on your hard drive that you can read with
Notepad or any word processor. You can then compare the transcripts
with the actual session scans to verify that they are correct
and unaltered. Then you can compare the session scans with the
target specific to see how well we did!
After the session transcripts are encrypted
by the viewers and made available to the public for download,
the tasker chooses a target and emails our Experiment Facilitator
with the target choice. The tasker attempts to specify fully
all three target aspects of the target as per our guidelines.
At this point, the tasker (and our Experiment Facilitator for
that matter) is blind to any information relating to the content
of the encrypted remote-viewing sessions. As long as the general
idea of the target matches our published
design parameters, the proposed target concept is accepted
by our Experiment Facilitator. The Experiment Facilitator then
examines the proposed target specific and either accepts it as
is or suggests nonfundamental syntactic changes to make the wording
of the target specific correspond with our experimental design.
This process ensures the independence of the outside tasker while
simultaneously maintaining the consistency of our target specification
The nature of an experiment:
As with all of our projects, this public demonstration of remote
viewing is an experiment for us, and we treat it much like our
other experiments. The main difference between this and our other
experiments is that we collect and analyze our results publicly
so everyone can watch us "in the laboratory," so to
speak. And as with all experiments involving new components,
there are no guarantees. We simply do our best and let you watch.
Indeed, we want you to watch; you are part of this experiment.
If we need to change things, we will, and again you will watch.
This public demonstration is for everyone in "real time,"
so to speak, and it is designed to be both educational and fun.
We hope you will join us in this adventure.
One final note, we would like to encourage
any scholars or academics working at universities or colleges
who would be interested in participating in our future public
demonstrations as taskers to contact
us, even if availability is only for a limited period of
time. A number of volunteers are needed. We give all participants
thorough instructions (as well as practice) on writing target
descriptions for use in this demonstration experiment. Participants
need only their own personal computer and a normal Internet connection.
To Everyone: Please be patient with the entire
process as we conduct our experiments. Do not look for immediate
miracles. This is a lively and long-term project. Come back often,
participate, discuss, and enjoy.
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