When the NSA Feared Psychics Could Make Cities Lost in Time and Space

A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com. A classified government document opens with “an odd sequence of events relating to parapsychology has occurred within the last month” and concluded with an alarming question about psychics nuking cities so that they became lost in time and space. If this sounds like a plot out of science fiction, it is – but it’s also a NSA memo from 1977. The first “event” raised by the NSA note is a CIA report which mentioned KGB research into parapsychology. According to this, the KGB used hobbyists and non-governmental researchers to talk to western scientists. This allowed the KGB to collect useful information without putting themselves into a position to accidentally leak confidential information to westerners. According to the NSA note, this tactic yielded “high grade western scientific data.” The next event described by the NSA note was what appeared to be a Russian provocation, though […] Read More

Thoughtography

Probably because I’m a huge fan of Spiderman, I was interested in photography from an early age. At one point I had even considered a career in photography, until I realized how bad I am at composition and how much talent is required to be a photographer. In high school I took a photography class and really enjoyed it, but it was obvious that it was not for me. Coincidentally within the realm of the paranormal there is a different kind of photography which I was recently reminded of; (real talk it was because I spent the weekend marathoning The X-Files) Psychic Photography or ‘Thoughtography’. The origins of this particular psychic expression seems to be with a Japanese Psychologist named Tomokichi Fukurai. Fukurai was an assistant professor of psychology at Tokyo University around the turn of the 20th century, around 1910 or so. He was the first to recognize […] Read More

1927: Who’s Who in Occultism: New thought, Psychism and Spiritualism

(A Biography, Directory and Bibliography Combined) In Distinctly Separate Sections THE  STANDARD REFERENCE WORK OF THE WORLD [Spiritualism Section Excerpt Only] Compiled and Edited by WILLIAM C. HARTMANN Author of “Who’s Who in Occult, Psychic and Spiritual Realms” Founder of The Occult Brotherhood; Member, American Society for Psychical Research; Member, National Laboratory of Psychical Research (London); Member, The International New Thought Alliance; Hon. Member, National Astrological Association, etc. Second Edition of “HARTMANN’S WHO’S WHO” “Seek and Ye Shall Find’ Issued Under the Auspices of The Occult Brotherhood PRICE, $5.00 THE OCCULT PRESS Jamaica, N. Y. U.S.A. 1927 Contents Page Who’s Who in New Thought, New Psychology and Metaphysics; Biographical Sketches1-21 Individual Workers in New Thought. New Psychology and Metaphysical Fields, Applied Psychologists, Character Analysts, Graphologists, Healers, Human Engineers, Metaphysicians, Phrenologists, Practitioners, Psycho- Analysts, Psychologists, Vocational Counselors………………………………………………… 21-23 New Thought. Divine Science and Magnetic Healers. Metaphysical Practitioners and Psychologists23-28 Movements and […] Read More

1998: Psychic discoveries since The Cold War

By Len Kasten  In June of 1968 Sheila Ostrander, a Canadian, and Lynn Schroeder, an American, were invited to attend an international conference on ESP in Moscow. The invitation was from one of the most fervent missionaries of Soviet psi research, Edward Naumov, then 36. A few years earlier, when overt interest in such subjects could easily result in a long holiday in Siberia, such a conference would have been impossible. Then suddenly, in the mid-sixties, the doors of prohibition in Russia, under the Troika rulership, clanged open. Ostrander and Schroeder, encouraged but still doubting the turn of events, started writing to Soviet scientists and researchers. For three years, the letters and packages describing Soviet psi research poured in, culminating in Naumov’s invitation to come and see for yourself. They did, also visiting Bulgaria, but even before the conference had ended the suppression returned. The conference was closed down […] Read More

A Field Guide to Skepticism

The Complete Chapter Excerpted From The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena by Dean I. RadinHarper Edge, ISBN 0-06-251502-0 I am attacked by two very opposite sects – the scientists and the know-nothings. Both laugh at me – calling me “the frogs’ dancing-master.” Yet I know that I have discovered one of the greatest forces in nature. – Luigi Galvani, Italian physicist (1737-1798) This chapter does not argue against skepticism. On the contrary, it demonstrates that critical thinking is a double-edged sword: It must be applied to any claim, including the claims of skeptics. We will see that many of the skeptical arguments commonly levelled at psi experiments have been motivated by non-scientific factors, such as arrogance, advocacy and ideology. The fact is that much of what scientists know – or think they know – about psi has been confused with arguments promoted by uncritical enthusiasts on […] Read More