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Remote viewing hopes dashed

Martin Rosenbaum | 14:21 UK time, Friday, 23 February 2007

The Ministry of Defence tested the possible effectiveness of psychic powers, with experiments asking participants about the contents of sealed envelopes.

This has been revealed under freedom of information. In some of today's reporting, it is speculated that the aim may have been to check out potential techniques in the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or Osama bin Laden.

Sadly however the research concluded that 'remote viewing' had 'little value'. This may have wider ramifications. If remote viewing had worked, then perhaps public authorities should be employing psychics as FOI officers who have to search filing systems for information that has been requested. (After all, some public authority filing systems are said to be nearly as good as hiding places as the hills of Tora Bora). And then perhaps the government wouldn't be needing to allow 'reading time' to be included in the cost of responding to FOI ...

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