ESP


Background


Extrasensory
perception (ESP) involves reception of information not gained through the
recognized senses and not inferred from experience. The term was coined by
German psychical researcher, Rudolf Tischner, and adopted by Duke University
psychologist J. B. Rhine to denote psychic abilities such as telepathy and
clairvoyance, and their trans-temporal operation as precognition or
retrocognition. ESP is also sometimes casually referred to as a sixth sense,
gut instinct or hunch. The term implies acquisition of information by means
external to the basic limiting assumptions of science, such as that organisms
can only receive information from the past to the present.


Below are
relevent documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.


Declassified Documents


 Air
Force Denial of ESP Records, April 01, 2015
 [ 2 Pages, 0.2MB ] –
I filed a FOIA request to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for records
relating to ESP. In the course of processing that request, the DIA found
USAF records and forwarded them to that agency for review and release to
me. This letter was sent, and states that they are classified and unable to be
released.


 Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA) Denial of ESP Records, September 24, 2014
 [
2 Pages, 0.2MB ] – I filed a FOIA request to the Defense Intelligence
Agency (DIA) for records relating to ESP. In the course of processing that
request, the DIA found CIA records and forwarded them to that agency for review
and release to me. This letter was sent, and states that they are classified
and unable to be released.


 Extra-Sensory
Perception, Final Report, 10 July 1953
 [ 22 Pages, 4.84MB ]



 Testing
for Extrasensory Perception with a Machine
, May 9, 1953 [38 Pages,
2.2MB] – Parapsychology, of which extrasensory perception (ESP) is a branch, is
not transitory. Since reports of apparently significant ESP performances are
increasing in number, it becomes more important to use the most rigorous of
experimental techniques in testing the ESP hypothesis. A design of a scientifically
rigorous experiment in ESP is presented as an acceptable model for work in this
field. This report covers the design of an objective test of three modes of
ESP, pretest considerations and planning, final testing, and results obtained
using the specially designed testing and recording machine, the VERITAC.
Finally, a statistical analysis of the results and a discussion of statistical
considerations are presented.

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