Ingo Swann, of remote viewing notoriety, has died

Prominent American psychic research subject, parapsychologist, and author, Ingo Swann, has died.

Ingo Swann – Encyclopedia of Parapsychology.

Born September 14, 1933, at Telluride, Colorado, he studied at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah, receiving a double bachelor’s degree in biology and art. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three years in Korea, after which he worked for twelve years at the United Nations Secretariat while pursuing an independent art career.

Swann’s active participation in parapsychology research began in 1969 when he was 36 years old. During the next twenty years he worked only in controlled laboratory settings with scientific researchers. Although he lectured widely on the importance of psychic faculties and potentials, he has never publicly demonstrated his abilities. Because of his participation in hundreds of thousands of experimental trials, author Martin Ebon wrote of him as “parapsychology’s most tested guinea pig,” and Psychic News and other media often refer to him as “the scientific psychic.”

The most significant missing fact is that the research program in which Hal Puthoff engaged Ingo was started and funded by the United States intelligence community, and continued by various of the military Services.

Supported by the military and intelligence communities, Ingo worked through the program at SRI-International to not only explore the boundary conditions of remote viewing, the consciousness-based skill that he had discovered and developed, but he used it operationally to discover some of the secrets America’s erstwhile Cold War opponents were trying to hide. Eventually, Swann and Puthoff were asked to develop a teachable method of remote viewing that could be transferred to otherwise ordinary military personnel so they, too, could function as psychic spies.

Swann was best known for his collaborations with Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff into remote viewing, specifically the Stargate Project. U.S. Federal Government reportedly investigated psychic phenomena for use in potential military and domestic applications. This was sort of a failure. They didn’t come right out and admit that it failed but said it wasn’t feasible. Regardless, this project and remote viewing in general was considered flawed. The idea of psychic spies? No go.

Reality Uncovered History of Remote Viewing 1.

Can’t say I read or followed Swann’s work. It was a bit too out there for me. Please add any comments if you have additional info.


Addition from Bad UFOs’ Robert Sheaffer
Ingo Swann (1933-2013) – Psychic Astronaut

  25 comments for “Ingo Swann, of remote viewing notoriety, has died

  1. Bobbi Snow
    February 2, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Ingo Swann has been celebrated by the Remote Viewing community for several decades. Word has it that when the Project was terminated on the surface by the U.S. Military, it went “black” – meaning it continued, but was moved “off the books.” Joe McMoneagle is still active in corporate espionage cases, and was trained by Ingo Swann. I have a great respect for these pioneers. In many cases, they were the first line of defense during the Cold War with the USSR, because the USSR had their own teams, doing the same kind of psychic espionage against The West.

  2. Bk
    February 2, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Hmm…the military and CIA kept this program going for over 20 years….I wonder why?

  3. Chew
    February 2, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    But when tested under controlled conditions they always perform no better than if they guessed at random.

  4. Bk
    February 2, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I was an arch skeptic myself until I actually tried it. It is astonishing. Really works. But it is very inconsistent and requires lots of practice.

  5. February 2, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Ingo Swann was one of at least a couple of government remote viewers who were Scientologists; the other was Pat Price, who died in 1975 and was allegedly the most accurate. Swann was allegedly an OT VII, Pat Price an OT III. They supposedly used the Scientology process of “exteriorization” (where the “operating thetan” leaves the physical body) for remote viewing. Another Scientology connection is psi researcher Hal Puthoff, allegedly another OT VII, who studied Swann, Price, and Geller.

  6. February 2, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    That would depend on who’s criteria you are using for session analysis. CRV was designed to obtain site contact and answer questions. Controlled Remote Viewers practice to increase their skill proficiency, moving from training to operational mode under blind conditions. By using one site image and feedback in a sealed envelope per session it works with consistent practice. Like any other skill, don’t practice and your skill level decreases.

  7. February 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    BK and Teresa. You have to do better than this. What is the mechanism? If there is one, that would go against what we already know about the human mind and how physics works. So, the extremely weak evidence of remote viewing that exists ISN’T going to cut it. It falls more easily into the realm of poor science and error bars.

  8. February 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Reviewed any session results yourself lately?

  9. February 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    No. I have no interest in that. Besides, it is up to the claimant to make the case. When I see something that passes the sniff test, I’ll be more interested. After all this time, parapsychology has been an overall disappointment.

  10. February 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    I initially asked if you’d reviewed any sessions yourself that are current so that you could make a better informed decision. You are correct that results would surely indicate there is more to the mind and mental ability than is previously known – which in and of itself begs a revisiting by the very nature of the scientific method. And no, at this stage “mechanism” is not a mandate. Continued data collection is. Semmelweiss had no “mechanism” but he had empirical data showing statistically that hand washing reduced rates of maternal morbidity. Eventually we verified his empirical data with microscopes, which led to microbiology and today’s Sepsis Protocols.

  11. February 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Which is a common response. I have data, you refuse to look at it. You offer critique but you have not looked at the material.

  12. February 2, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    It’s a common response because it’s the logical one. I can’t go around examining every nonsense claim. Burden of proof is on the claimant to get their ducks in line and be convincing.

  13. BK
    February 2, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    It’s really not hard to try it yourself. If you have an open mind, you would give it a shot.
    As an example, in a workshop with Russell Targ, he had a metal, collapsible cup contained inside leather case. This was kept in a paper bag in the front of the room. He asked us to view the contents of this bag or another one, based on a coin flip. Heads was the cup. I described not only the metal cup, but the sound it makes and the case it was contained in. I had never seen such a cup before, nor anything like it. He provided no clues as to the content of the bag. How to explain this? I’m not especially talented at this!

  14. February 2, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    I rely on people who are more experienced with parapsychology. There are many who will take a critical view and do a good job. That’s how science works. It’s a community activity.

    The Semmelweiss bit is a straw man. It bears NO resemblance to what we have here. Our technology is GREATLY improved. We can detect such minute bits of energy and tiny subatomic particles but we can’t measure psi? Perhaps it does not exist in the form as claimed.

  15. February 2, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Nice work. That’s the point. We can’t explain it, but we can document results. Enough documentation the right question emerges. No documentation, nothing to explore. It takes time.

  16. Chew
    February 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    If I gave you my address would you be able to view something I drew on my wall?

  17. February 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    CRV assigns tasking by tag number / coordinates. Addresses aren’t necessary and if one was provided to the viewers it would no longer be a blind target, thus “out of protocol.”

  18. Chew
    February 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Would you be able to remote view large numbers written on paper and placed on top of my refrigerator? And would you be able to do that without knowing where I live?

  19. February 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Excellent. You can win a million dollars if you do that under controlled conditions, Just contact the James Randi Education Foundation.

  20. February 3, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Teresa’s comments are being moderated because she is using this as a platform for these views. Had she read the comment policy, she may have suspected this would happen. This is not an open forum or debate. There is a place to demonstrate evidence and convince the world. Blog posts are NOT it. Until remote viewing can stand up to the scrutiny it deserves, it has no place in serious discussion. Get thee a real scientific protocol.

    Commenting is a privilege, not a right.

  21. February 7, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    So did she mention any desire to try for the JREF Million Dollar Challenge?

  22. snoma
    February 7, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    No, she didn’t. Quite the opposite in fact.

  23. February 8, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    And I assume with the standard excuses.

  24. February 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    I followed the lead of your post: “Can’t say I read or followed Swann’s work. It was a bit too out there for me. Please add any comments if you have additional info.” I commented. Your members asked questions. I wasn’t allowed to answer them.

  25. February 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    I was looking for references and additional information, not stories about how remote viewing is still being done. As was said, you were using this as a platform for your views which are unsupported by quality evidence. Had you cited papers or even web sites that were useful, I would have allowed the comments. This is NOT a debating website. Comments are only kept if they contribute to the story. The story was about Swann and his life.

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