Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Who is this man? 

He is Dr. Russell Targ, author of The Reality of ESP: A Physicist's Proof of Psychic Abilities.

I am delighted to have the chance to interview him  about his new book.

Toby: Do modern technological aids such as GPS and smart phones help or hinder the development of ESP abilities? 
Dr. Targ: In my experience, people seem to do better at remote viewing in an electrically shielded room. EMF doesn’t help. It appears to hurt.

Toby: Have your own paranormal experiences influenced the direction of your research?
Dr. Targ: Yes. It was my early psychic perceptions that gave me the confidence to move from physics to ESP research. I once was riding with my boss, when I had a clear vision of Hebrew characters written in white on black. It turned out to be a Photostat manuscript on the desk of my boss’s best friend the rabbi. Also as a teen-ager I was a stage magician doing mental magic. I occasionally had clear and correct visual images pertaining to the person whose mind I was pretending to read.

Toby: Will humans as a species eventually embrace their ESP abilities? Why or why not?
Dr. Targ: We are still trying to recover from the stigma on all mystics from the so-called Enlightenment, when the Church and science was trying to save us from evil mysticism. But today there are more than two-million web pages on Google pertaining to “remote viewing” and how to learn and use it. So I think we are making progress. We had a $23 million program at SRI to do research for the government.

Toby: Does believing in paranormal phenomena increase a person's performance of ESP tasks?
Dr. Targ: Yes indeed. The sheep do much better than the goats. This is a highly repeatable finding.

Toby: Can ESP research prove or disprove reincarnation? 
Dr. Targ: ESP is not related to reincarnation. The person is either re-born or he isn’t.  ESP is essential for evidence for postmortem persistence of the personality. So-called survival. This data usually comes to a medium by ESP. And the evidence for survival is excellent. My book has several good examples.

Toby: Do you feel the scientific community gives your work the attention and respect it deserves?
Dr. Targ: When we were at SRI with lots of money, we got very respectful attention from the scientific community. Our work was published in Nature, The Proceedings of the Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the American Institute of Physics. After the program was cancelled in 1995, not so much.

Toby: What influence do spirituality or religious faith exert on the development of ESP abilities?
Dr. Targ: It is not necessary to be a religious believer to be psychic. However after some years of remote viewing, it becomes clear that we are able to experience events that are thousands of miles away or in the future. The Buddhists call this timeless awareness. And they say that is who you are. I agree.

Toby: What changes would you like to see in medical practice to accommodate distant healing?
Dr. Targ: I think the evidence for distant healing is excellent. My daughter Elisabeth Targ did a successful study with 60 of her San Francisco AIDS patients. The paper was published in The Western Medical Journal in 1999.

Toby: Where do you predict psychic research will head in the future?
Dr. Targ: As soon as we have a description of the physics of ESP, it will swiftly be accepted. Or if the people who are trying to make money in the market of gambling are successful, there will be a big positive change. In 1982 we made $120,000 forecasting silver commodities. We were successful 9 out of 9. And NOVA made a one-hour show to celebrate. It was called The Case of ESP. Still available on Google.

Toby: What impact do you hope your work will have on human consciousness?
Dr. Targ: My hope is that people will realize that they are not just meat and potatoes. They might be more compassionate toward one-another and greatly diminish their own suffering.
Toby: Thank you, Dr. Targ for enlightening us all.

About The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities
Nobel laureate physicist Brian Josephson says, “This book should make those who deny the existence of [psychic] phenomena think again.” In The Reality of ESP, Targ presents evidence from the $20 million research program he co-founded at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in the 1970s. The amazing feats of psychic ability he details include: While remote viewing for the CIA, SRI psychics found a downed Russian bomber in Africa, reported on the health of American hostages in Iran, and described Soviet weapons factories in Siberia. When San Francisco heiress Patricia Hearst was abducted from her home in Berkeley, a psychic with the SRI team identified the kidnapper and then accurately described and located 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! Targ also describes a plan for developing your own psychic abilities.

About Russell Targ
Physicist Russell Targ was the co-founder of a 20 year $25 million research program investigating psychic abilities for the CIA, Army Intelligence and many other agencies at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). This previously SECRET research and applications program is now declassified. Targ has written a comprehensive book describing the remarkable accomplishments of this program.
Here's a video where you can see and hear the author himself:
The Reality of ESP - Russell Targ on Physics and ESP from his recent book -

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To learn more about Russell Targ’s work as the co-founder of a 20 year $25 million research program investigating psychic abilities for the CIA, Army Intelligence and many other agencies at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). get your own copy at You can find more information from the virtual book tour for The Reality of ESP at

Monday, October 7, 2013

Who is this man?

Who is the man with the cat?
 Look for an interview and details of a wonderful new book by this author.
I promise you will love the book
Watch for the post on October 9.