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