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"A scientist shares his years of cutting-edge research and discovery in psychic abilities: remote viewing, extrasensory perception, mental influence, space and time, healing at a distance and "how it all works: the physics of miracles."
--Light of Consciousness

"In this witty and informative new book, physicist-author and renowned psi researcher Targ summarizes three decades of research into psychic phenomena, describing the evidence as "so strong as to be logically or probabilistically unreasonable to deny." From psychic policemen and stock market predictions to military programs and the "physics of miracles," the realm of ESP is varied and deep, and Targ covers it all. He concludes with a chapter on how to cultivate one's own paranormal abilities." --The Noetic Post

"In The Reality of ESP: A Physicist's Proof of Psychic Abilities, Russell Targ shares his comprehensive scientific research to provide convincing evidence that by quieting our minds we can access information in the field of potentiality where there is no distance in space and time" --Deepak Chopra, author of War of the Worldview

"This book, detailing its author's many successful investigations into the paranormal, should make those who deny the possible existence of such phenomena think again." --Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate in Physics and Emeritus Professor, Physics, University of Cambridge

"For decades, physicist Russell Targ has produced some of the most significant scientific research ever conducted on the nature of consciousness. He has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that the mind can function without limitation in space and time, and that this ability is widespread, teachable, and practical. The Reality of ESP is an inspiring description of who we really are, and why we should not settle for less" --Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions

About the Author

Russell Targ is a physicist and author, and was a pioneer in the development of the laser and laser applications. He holds his B.S. in Physics from Queens College, and did graduate work in physics at Columbia University. Targ has received two National Aeronautics and Space Administration awards for inventions and contributions in lasers and laser communications, and has published over one hundred scientific papers on lasers, plasma physics and ESP research. In the 1970s and 1980s, Targ co-founded and worked for the CIA-sponsored Stanford Research Institute's investigation into psychic abilities. His work in this new area, called remote viewing, was published in Nature, The Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and in Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1983 and 1984, he accepted invitations to present remote viewing demonstrations and address the USSR Academy of Sciences on this research. In 1997, Targ retired from Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space Co. as a senior staff scientist, where he developed airborne laser systems for the detection of windshear. Targ now teaches remote viewing workshops worldwide and continues to write. He is co-author of eight books dealing with the scientific investigation of psychic abilities, including Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing, Transformation of Consciousness, and his autobiography Do You See What I See?: Memoirs of a Blind Biker. Russell Targ is also an editor, publisher, songwriter, producer and teacher. He lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife Patricia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835608840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835608848
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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`The Reality of ESP' by Russell Targ is an adventure into a world that most scoff at and find experimental results nothing more than pure pseudo-science at best. Targ's book, however, can be a real mind changer. Events are described relating to remote viewing, i.e. locating objects thousands of miles away simply through mental processes, predicting both the past and the future. Targ makes these events believable and compelling, not just through statistics, but by giving us concrete, verified examples, phenomena too startling for most to accept. Some of the events are truly stunning, even scary, but explained partly in terms of the quantum mechanical concept of non-locality related to the author's construct of non-local awareness. In physics, this concept is aptly illustrated by photon entanglement, that is the behavior of two individual photons simultaneously emitted in opposite directions but where one photon behaves based on the behavior externally imposed on the other after they have long been separated.

While `The Reality of ESP' may not change the minds of skeptics who cannot get themselves to believe in anything that seems foreign or impossible based on their training, Targ gives some remarkable examples of remote viewing and pre-cognition that will make even the most hardened non-believers rethink their inflexible position. Simply put, the author shows how far we are from knowing everything about man's mental capabilities and the nature of the universe. It would be worthwhile to reflect and at least keep an open mind to those who have explored the realm of what is considered impossible. Targ describes remarkable experiments and their equally remarkable results that can't help but be disturbing, yet offer new breathtaking insights into the unknown, even to physicists like myself.

Robert J. von Gutfeld, PhD
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Like any of these books, you should at least attempt to determine if the facts
are accurate, complete and credible. Much of this cannot be done but in a few
cases I was able to make some headway.

The author begins with the topic of remote viewing. He offers persuasive evidence
that something inexplicable is going on based on experiments funded by the CIA
and Army. Pictures are given that are very impressive. When you look up remote
viewing on wikipedia, you get a different opinion. For one thing, it states that
the program was terminated in 1995 "after it failed to produce any useful intelligence."
However, when you click on a link connected to this statement it actually says that
it didn't produce any "actionable" intelligence. Having worked in the intelligence
community for most of my career, I can say that these are two very different things.
Most useful intelligence is not actionable. For instance, it was highly debated
(according to public sources) whether the intelligence gathered about the whereabouts
of Bin Laden were actionable or not. The final decision was made by the President.
Actionable means we are willing to drop a bomb on a foreign country, e.g., Pakistan,
because we are so sure of the intelligence. I doubt any psychic intelligence will
ever fit into this category because of its very nature. That doesn't mean it isn't useful.
I have seen other research on using remote viewing in archaeology that is also impressive.
Many of the results, however, are junk. The author himself implies a success rate of
no more than 65%. Still, the point is that something inexplicable may be happening.
See, for example, the pictures on pp. 119 and 120.

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Does this book really "prove" the reality of ESP, as it claims in the subtitle?

It depends on your prior beliefs. If you started with the stance that you don't have a strong opinion one way or the other, but you're curious about ESP and will let the data guide you, then yes, you are very likely to come away from this book (or any of the others written by Russell Targ) with confidence that ESP is indeed real. If you start from the position of a confirmed believer in ESP, then you will also enjoy this book because it will confirm what you already believe.

If, however, you hold a strong belief that ESP is impossible, then you probably wouldn't have picked up the book in the first place. But even if you did, and you actually read it, it wouldn't sway your belief much. It's not because the evidence doesn't exist, or that it isn't "good" enough, but because beliefs strongly modulate our perceptions and opinions. Fortunately, science is powerful enough to advance beyond personal beliefs, and the science underlying Targ's claim is substantial.
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This is a wonderful book. For those of us who have ESP experiences and accept them as such, this book will offer confirmation and a wealth of scientific data to support the sanity and truthfulness of these experiences. For those who have not had such experiences, it offers a tried and tested method whereby each person will be able to learn to experience them. For those who are skeptical of even the possibility of these experiences, this book is problematic. I would urge any such skeptic to read this work and test the hypotheses used to found their skepticism. It will undoubtedly come up wanting.

I will be unreservedly recommending this work to anyone interested in the subject and particularly those who have formed strong opinions about the impossibility of ESP. Russell Targ looks at the subject from the perspective of an experimental physicist and finds compelling scientific evidence to confirm that something very much like ESP can be demonstrated without fail under laboratory conditions. As any physicist would, he seeks to find a model that will help us describe just how it is that such experiences are possible.

All we have to do is to read this excellent book. I intend to buy many copies for friends and am deeply grateful that Mr. Targ has had the courage and wisdom to write this compelling work.
Eugene Bourgeois
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