The Reality of ESP
A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities
by Russell Targ
Statistical proof is evidence “so strong it would be logically or probabilistically unreasonable to deny,” writes physicist Russell Targ. “If facts alone can convince a skeptical investigator of the reality of ESP, this book should do it.” In The Reality of ESP, Targ presents evidence from the $20 million investigatory program he co-founded at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in the 1970s, together with their Buddhist and Hindu origins. The amazing feats of psychic ability he details include:
While remote viewing for the CIA and Army Intelligence, SRI psychics found a downed Russian bomber in Africa, reported on the health of American hostages in Iran, described Soviet weapons factories in Siberia, and forecasted a Chinese atomic-bomb test three days before it occurred.
When San Francisco heiress Patricia Hearst was abducted from her home in Berkeley, a psychic with the SRI team was the first to identify the kidnapper and then accurately describe and locate the kidnap car. After leaving SRI, Targ’s group made $120,000 by psychically forecasting for nine weeks in a row the direction and amount of changes in the silver commodity futures market – without error!
The odds against chance in many cases are staggering. Take the 36 outdoor remote-viewing trials described with six US army intelligence officers. Their overall statistical significance was 3 x 10-5 (odds of three in a hundred thousand). If the officers had been baseball players, the expected six first-place matches would equal a batting average of 166. But they achieved nineteen matches – batting better than 500 – while the great Joe DiMaggio had a lifetime average of only 335! “Such numbers,” says Targ, “are what we mean by statistical proof – a miracle every second day.”
Convinced that most of us have psychic abilities we haven’t tapped, Targ concludes by describing how we can learn to develop our own ESP, at no cost, working at home using the SRI techniques with a friend. It involves a simple, meditative skill that eighth-century Buddhists called moved from conditioned to spacious or naked awareness. “Who would not want to try that?” he asks.
ISBN: 9780835608848 Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Quest Books; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
Advance Praise Reviews
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
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, War of the Worldviews
For decades, physicist Russell Targ has produced some of the most significant scientific research on the nature of consciousness ever conducted. 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
Russell Targ is a cultural jewel of our time. He is a pioneer in the field of non-local perceptions with impeccable integrity. His book The Reality of ESP is essential reading for all of us who yearn to know the truth about the universe and get freed from the narrow, small- sighted vision of the world.
–Judith Orloff MD, author of Second Sight
I have known Russell Targ for four decades. He is clearly among the most successful, creative and brilliant researchers ever to enter the field of parapsychology. He has approached this most difficult of all fields with uncompromising rigor and a penetrating, scientific mind. This book is the inside story of research that is shaking the very foundations of conventional western thinking about the human mind and its relationship to the physical world. I highly recommend it.
–Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, Dean of Transformational Psychology,
University of Philosophical Research
Russell Targ is one the foremost scientists in the world when it comes to parapsychology – and a good story teller too. If you want to know the latest and greatest about our increasing understanding of the psychic side of humanity, this is required reading.
–Charles T. Tart, Professor, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto CA,
Professor Emeritus, Psychology, University of California, Davis and author of 13 books including The Secret Science of the Soul
Table of Contents
Foreword: A Matter of Proof, by Stephan A. Schwartz
Introduction: Why I Believe in ESP and Why You Should, Too
1. Ingo Swann: The Psychic New York Artist Whose Remote Viewing Spanned the Solar System
2. Convincing NASA and the CIA to Support ESP Research at SRI
3. Pat Price: The Incredible Psychic Policeman
4. Hella Hammid: The LIFE Photographer Who Became Our Most Reliable Psychic
5. NASA’s Program for an ESP Teaching Machine and Distant Brainwave Communication
6. Taking ESP to the Army
7. It’s about Time: Forecasting December Silver and Other Precognitive Matters
8. Mental Influence and Healing from a Distance
9. Evidence that Something Survives Bodily Death
10. How It All Works: The Physics of Miracles
11. Learning Remote Viewing: Separating the Psychic Signal from the Mental Noise
12. Naked Awareness: Buddhist and Hindu Experience with Psychic Abilities
Notes ~ Glossary ~ Bibliography ~ Index