Omni Brain

i-c136745cbb529375ece3f48547bc7248-johnedward-psychic.jpgWell I guess Boeing does a lot of government research so it really isn’t surprising that they would be involved with some of the really stupid things the military has been involved in. Thankfully their research didn’t focus on flying their planes psychically (well that we know of). From Danger Room, a Wired Blog:

Boeing researchers don’t just spend their days designing killer drones and networked tanks. They also investigate unexplained powers of the mind, sometimes. Especially if those times are the late ’60s.

This study, New Correlation Between a Human Subject and a Quantum Mechanical Random Number Generator, conducted in 1967, “tentatively conclude[s]” that people can basically will particular numbers to appear.

According to the Boeing-ites, there “exists a weak but significant correlation” between the experiment’s “statistical processes” (that would be the generation of random numbers, “connected to four lamps and four corresponding pushbuttons”) and “the experimenter who initiates the processes” (“the human subjects, asked to press the buttons… with the objective in mind of obtaining a high number of coincidences”).

There seems to be countless silly studies coming from the military complex, which with a little creative keyword searching, you can find as well at the Public STINet (AKA Scientific & Technical Information Network). It’s a little funny seeing these citations listed right next to totally legitimate pieces of research. Keep reading for more of the wonderfully compelling research I came across.

Accession Number:
ADA202099

Citation Status:
ACTIVE

Title:
Psychic Warfare: Exploring the Mind Frontier.

Fields and Groups :
050800 – PSYCHOLOGY
150600 – MILITARY OPERATIONS, STRATEGY AND TACTICS
Corporate Author:
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):
McKelvy, Dolan M.

Report Date:
MAY 1988

Media Count:
59 Pages(s)

Organization Type:
F – AIR FORCE

Report Number(s):

DescriptiveNote:
Research rept.,

Descriptors:
*STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), *PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE, AWARENESS, BATTLEFIELDS, HUMANS, LEADERSHIP, MENTAL ABILITY, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, PRISONERS, RESOURCES, MENTAL DISORDERS.ZSTRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), *PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE, AWARENESS, BATTLEFIELDS, HUMANS, LEADERSHIP, MENTAL ABILITY, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, PRISONERS, RESOURCES, MENTAL DISORDERS.Z

Abstract:
Man’s greatest potential remains a prisoner of man. Vast untapped mental capabilities create an entirely new battlefield dimension which, if ignored, pose a threat to self and country more serious than nuclear weapons. This threat starts from within. Our fears and cynical attitudes towards psychic capabilities make us our own worst enemies. The Soviets, on the other hand, take psychic research very seriously at all levels, particularly for its military application. Exploring the mind frontier is essential and the key to successful exploration is a greater psychic awareness. The mind is rich in unfathomed resources ripe for exploration, a limitless source of treasures for advancing all mankind, and a serious threat to those who ignore its potential. We must overcome our psychic inhibitions, stop denying the existence of paranormal events, and start trying instead to understand the nature of these phenomena. We must shed the super secret cloaks and educate our leaders at all levels on the real psi military potentials and threats so we can adequately focus and prioritize national resources. (sdw)

Distribution Limitation(s):
01 – APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE

Source Code:
014550

Document Location:
DTIC AND NTIS

Geopolitical Code:
0102

SBI Holding Symbol:
NWC ATLF TAD TRAL

And of course here is another wonderful piece of research:

Accession Number:
ADB097979

Citation Status:
ACTIVE

Title:
Psychokinesis and Its Possible Implication to Warfare Strategy

Fields and Groups :
050800 – PSYCHOLOGY
150600 – MILITARY OPERATIONS, STRATEGY AND TACTICS
Corporate Author:
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):
Norton, W. G.

Report Date:
1985

Media Count:
88 Pages(s)

Organization Type:
A – ARMY

Report Number(s):
XAUSACGSC (XAUSACGSC)

DescriptiveNote:
Master’s thesis

Monitor Acronym(s):
XA (XA)

Monitor Series:
USACGSC (USACGSC)

Descriptors:
*PARAPSYCHOLOGY, MILITARY APPLICATIONS.ZPARAPSYCHOLOGY, MILITARY APPLICATIONS.Z

Identifiers:
*PSYCHOKINESIS, PK(PSYCHO KINESIS), PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, PRECOGNITION, ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION, COMMAND AND CONTROL, PK TRAINING

Abstract:
This study is a comprehensive analysis for psychokinesis. The characteristics of psychokinesis are examined by reviewing and analyzing available experimental studies, articles, and texts. The characteristics and applications were analyzed and recorded to determine if the collective literature reported and supported the explicit or implicit utility of psychokinesis as a tool of warfare. The results of the study reveals three main conclusions. First, psychokinesis could, with continued research, have a potential military value for future military operations when psychokinesis has been developed to the point for effective utilization. The second conclusion was that the implications of psychokinesis with respect to warfare strategy are not of immediate concern, but are of long range consideration impacting on command and control. The military application of psychokinesis has future possibilities, but is not sufficiently researched and refined for implementation at this time was the third conclusion.

Distribution Limitation(s):
01 – APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE

Source Code:
037260

Document Location:
DTIC

Geopolitical Code:
2002

Distribution Statement:
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

Citation Updated:
05 DEC 2001

Comments

  1. #1 Tegumai Bopsulai, FCD
    July 6, 2007

    Boeing was not alone. James McDonnell (of McDonnell-Douglas) funded a department of parapsychology at Washington University in St. Louis. Probably you have heard of Project Alpha, an expose of the shoody research going on there. After McDonnell’s death, his family terminated funding for the department.

  2. #2 Doug Alder
    July 6, 2007

    If there “exists a weak but significant correlation” is it not your responsibility as a scientist to show the correlation is mistaken or non-existent before you scorn them?

  3. #3 Brian
    July 7, 2007

    Also, the ‘weak but significant correlation’ is, in nearly all of these studies, a side effect of taking tens of thousands of observations. There’s a problem with their statistics, which is why the correlation is mistaken (and why scientists ignore them).

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