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Indian Spies Embrace Remove Viewing

According to IndiaDaily.com the Indian intelligence agency RAW has been making heavy use of remote viewing (RV) to bolster surveillance of its adversaries. The report comes years after American spy agencies, in the wake of much public embarrassment, had reportedly abandoned the technique. New Delhi, though, seems undeterred by such concerns. According to the report, the Indians are combining the RV with satellite technologies and are having a great deal of success. The technique is being credited with a number of recent arrests of Pakistani ISI agents.

RV is the systematic use of the intuitive faculties of trained agents to observe activities that would otherwise be hidden or unknowable—what some called psychic spying. It achieved a great deal of notoriety in the U.S. in the 1990s with the appearance of several stories regarding U.S. Army operations at Fort Mead, MD.

The program had been born in the ’70s at the Stanford Research Institute and had been developed jointly by the Army and the CIA. According to press reports at the time, remote viewing had been used successfully to deal with a number of cold war threats. The official response to all the publicity was to insist that the government had abandoned the effort. Some doubt the veracity of those denials.

The Indians, says the India Daily, have taken to remote viewing with considerable enthusiasm. An ancient tradition of developing spiritual powers is believed to give them an advantage in the field.


Is ET Equation Obsolete?

Frank Drake of the “Drake Equation” says his formula needs to be updated. There are many more worlds in the universe capable of supporting intelligent life than he originally thought.

The Drake equation, promulgated for the last fifty years by the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) organization was intended to determine the number of worlds in our galaxy which might have life something like we find on Earth. The equation suggested there were thousands of such planets. Now says Drake we realize those numbers are too small.

Originally he says we were looking for planets with widespread temperatures somewhere between the freezing and boiling points of water, but now he realizes things are not so simple. Venus, he points out, due to its heavy atmosphere, has an intense greenhouse effect that yields surface temperatures of 900 degrees Fahrenheit, too hot for life.

But what if Venus was much further removed from the sun and its greenhouse effect served to balance its lack of solar heat. Life might do quite well. Such conditions could very well turn up on Jupiter’s moon Europa, for example. Drake also cites rogue planets completely without stars wandering throughout interstellar space, which might possess internal radiation capable of generating the necessary heat. Other planets held in a tight grip by their stars with only one side toward the sun could have twilight zones between the light and dark sides which would provide what he calls Camelot zones where it would be like a never-ending balmy evening and where life might flourish.


SETI Futility

Forget about all those SETI dishes to capture alien signals—their version of our soap operas. Now we’ve moved beyond analogue television—the kind we once used for “I Love Lucy” and the like. Digital communication is superior, we’ve learned, and we now also compress our signals. Certainly any advanced alien civilization would also have moved to their equivalent of our digital age. The trouble with communications between computers is that one cannot understand another unless programmed in the same way. Such signals from another planet would be indistinguishable from noise, says physicist Mark Newman of the University of Michigan.

Perhaps, instead of the noise from which we have been trying for so long to extract something meaningful, the noise itself has actually been the message. Could it be that “ET contact” has already occurred, but that we are simply not advanced enough yet to know it?