13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2005
Psychic. One word and a host of preconceived ideas and attitudes are likely to pop into the average, intelligent person's head. Yet this tome by Russell Targ and Keith Harary is not as much a X-Filelike book of government conspiricies and paranormol occurances, rather it is a scientific examination of psychic abilities such as remote viewing and their pratical applications.
Remote viewing is an innate ability in more of the population than one might expect according to the authors. It is a phenomena where the subject can describe a target from a spatial and sometimes temporal distance.
In this book the co-authors lend credibility to their experiments by reporting their findings in their investigation of Remote Viewing(and precognition) in a very clinical and scientific manner. This objective approach however does nothing to dimninish the writing as their often first person description of how an experiment is handled brings an immediacy to the writing. In other words while one may imagine an objective study of a phenomena that could have huge controversy may be dry reading the opposite is in fact true thanks to the integrity of the authors. Each chapter in this work is progressively reaching a goal or finish line regarding the main thesis/theory of the authors. It starts out with basic definitiions and experimental descriptions, then leads to harder and wider ranging experiments with a bigger impact on both the remote viewer and society at large.
This book may have been more exciting if it was a huge conspiracy theory about CIA/KGB brainwashing and doing horrific experiments on subjects in mind control, but it was fascinating and credible in the matter it dealt with without need of sensationistic journalism to make it more interesting it was fascinating enough exactly how it was written.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2011
I have read several books on remote viewing now. This one is a bit dated now, but the information in the book still matches the material in the newer books. The authors of this book are the "fathers" of remote viewing. You do not have to spend a fortune learning remote viewing. You can pick this book up for next to nothing and have a very good grasp on what remote viewing is and how to practice it. It will tell you what remote viewing is and more importantly what remote viewing is NOT. They give very easy to follow instructions on how to begin to learn this skill. So far this was one of my favorite books on this topic. I would definitely recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2013
This book details experiments in psi work... In other words, provides a scientific basis to legitimize psi abilities, then goes on to debunk the myths and guides you to develop your own latent abilities. I highly recommend as I think it would be beneficial to the world for people to use their senses better and to use more of their senses.