Remote Viewing ?

BrettB

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After reading the John Edwards thread in polls I thought I'd post this.
Did anyone see the show on The History Channel (a couple of weeks ago approx.) about remote viewing? What struck me was how "matter of fact" it was. I remain skeptical.
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As well you should be, Brett. It bothers me that a lot of programming on The History Channel and The Discovery Channel (and very much so on The Learning Channel) is so non-critical and geared toward the credulous among us.
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A friend of mine bought some Remote Viewing videotapes.
Not surprisingly, nothing has ever come of it. He can't successfully perform Remote Viewing despite his best efforts. I think it's a joke..
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At first I thought you were talking about "Remote Viewing" as in spy satellites, IR through-wall imaging, and such things. And I thought, of course it would be matter-of-fact.
Then I realized you probably meant ESP type stuff.
 

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You know, alot of porn sites offer remote viewing. It's not a hoax!

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I'm guessing remote viewing is ESP or some such?
I guess I assumed the term "remote viewing" was more well-known.
In the show I saw, people (remote viewers) would sit in a special room, blindfolded with headphones (sensory deprivation) and focus their substantial ESP powers to "see" what's going on in a building on the other side of the world. For example, IIRC, it was purported in the show that this is how we learned the Soviets were working on nuclear subs. The failed mission to rescue the American embassy hostages in Iran was also said to have been planned using remote viewing.
 

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The failed mission to rescue the American embassy hostages in Iran was also said to have been planned using remote viewing.
Well, that would explain the failure, anyway.
"Remote viewing" is exactly as valid as talking to the dead, ESP, Elvis sightings and the rest of the paranormal grab-bag - that is, not at all. I, too, am disappointed that the History Channel, Discovery Channel and Learning Channel devote as much time as they do to "straight" coverage of this kind of nonsense. Of course, they also sometimes run shows debunking this stuff.
BTW, did anyone catch the Columbo rerun about remote viewing not long ago? A "remote viewer" is put to the test by a magician (obviously based on psychic debunker James "The Amazing" Randi). The test appears rigorous and fool-proof and the "viewer" passes it with flying colors. When the magician is murdered, Columbo focuses on the "viewer" as his prime suspect. In the end he proves that the "viewer" and magician were working together by running the same experiment with himself as the psychic and also passing with flying colors. Then he shows how the trick was done.
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This thread definitely has a Martin Ortiz-esque flavor!

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