It has been now revealed that the UK MoD has conducted in 2002 a psychic power study to find out whether psychic abilities, especially remote viewing, could be used to find hidden objects.

During the tests, the volunteers had to identify the contents of sealed envelopes while blind-folded. In the beginning, the MoD tried to recruit advertising psychics for the tests. But all 12 of the advertising, or “known”, psychics have declined to take part in the experiments. The MoD then has found “novice” volunteers who took part in this research.

Some 28% of tested psychic could get a close guess at the contents of the envelopes, which included pictures of a knife, Mother Teresa and an “Asian individual”. The MoD spokeswoman had the following comments about the study:

The study concluded that remote viewing theories had little value to the MoD and was taken no further.

My commentary: although most of the tested subjects could not correctly “guess” the contents of the envelopes, to me the 28% percent getting a close guess sounds like an astounding achievement. Although, by MoD standards this might not be enough for reliable intelligence work, from the parapsychology researcher’s point of view, this looks like a strong evidence for the existence of psi and validity of remote viewing as one of the best performing uses of psi. The MoD did not say that remote viewing does not work at all, just not good enough. Although the original BBC article did not say what the expected chance for the “guesses” was, 28 percents sounds like a lot above chance when you had you tell what’s inside an envelope.

On a sad note, I wonder what the fact that all 12 of contacted “known” psychic have refused to take part means? It makes them now look like charlatans. But I always thought that the strongest psychics do not advertise themselves. They really don’t have to, since in their case word of mouth advertising would serve them better and cheaper.

Source: BBC article