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Air Force report calls for $7.5M to study psychic teleportation
    #3326295 - 11/06/04 12:47 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2004-11-05-teleportation_x.htm

Air Force report calls for $7.5M to study psychic teleportation
By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY
Star Trek fans may be happy to hear that the Air Force has paid to study psychic teleportation.

But scientists aren't so thrilled.

The Air Force Research Lab's August "Teleportation Physics Report," posted earlier this week on the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) Web site, struck a raw nerve with physicists and critics of wasteful military spending.

In the report, author Eric Davis says psychic teleportation, moving yourself from location to location through mind powers, is "quite real and can be controlled." The 88-page report also reviews a range of teleportation concepts and experiments:

? Quantum teleportation, a technique demonstrated in the last decade that shifts the characteristics, but not the location, of sub-atomic particles at great distances.

? Wormholes, a highly theoretical possibility whereby the intense gravitational field near black holes could rip open entrances to distant locales.

? Psychokinesis, or psychic teleportation. In support of the idea, the report cites UFO reports, Soviet and Chinese studies of psychics and U.S. military studies of spoon-bending phenomena.

"It is in large part crackpot physics," says physicist Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University, author of The Physics of Star Trek, a book detailing the physical limits that prevent teleportation. He describes the Air Force report as "some things adapted from reasonable theoretical studies, and other things from nonsensical ones."

Some experts have long criticized what they see as a military sweet tooth for junk science. A "remote viewing" project, for example, undertaken by defense intelligence services and declassified in 1994, sought to see whether psychic powers could be employed to spy on the Soviet Union. The teleportation report "raises questions of scientific quality control at the Air Force," the FAS' Steven Aftergood says.

Davis, a physicist with Warp Drive Metrics of Las Vegas, couldn't be reached for comment. The Air Force paid $25,000 for the report, part of a $20.5 million advanced rocket and missile design contract. The report calls for $7.5 million to conduct psychic teleportation experiments.

"The views expressed in the report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Air Force, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government," says an Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) statement sent to USA TODAY. "There are no plans by the AFRL Propulsion Directorate for additional funding on this contract."

Explaining why the lab sponsored the study, AFRL spokesman Ranney Adams said, "If we don't turn over stones, we don't know if we have missed something."


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Re: Air Force report calls for $7.5M to study psychic teleportation [Re: ekomstop]
    #3326314 - 11/06/04 01:02 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)


Explaining why the lab sponsored the study, AFRL spokesman Ranney
Adams said, "If we don't turn over stones, we don't know if we have
missed something."

My tax money is going to this shit??

God Bless America...


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Re: Air Force report calls for $7.5M to study psychic teleportation [Re: ekomstop]
    #3326792 - 11/06/04 05:24 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Most people will think this study is a complete joke and they'd be right. However keep in mind that many great scientific discoveries have been made by people who were willing to pursue a 'crazy' notion. Imagine living in the late 1800s and reading about a guy studying invisible, magic waves which he claims can travel virtually instantaneously, pass through solid objects and can carry data. I mean that's crazy, if I can't see it or feel it it doesn't exist right? I don't think any of us would have the foresight to predict the huge impact which wireless communication would have over the next century.

Now this case is a little different since there are already decades of research into psychic phenomenon and they've pretty thoroughly debunked its existence. Still, as our technology improves it sometimes makes sense to revisit old dead ends to make sure we didn't miss anything. Sure we're talking shit now, but if the study had turned something up we'd all be praising the officials who were willing to think outside the box. In science you really don't until try. And remember, disproving a theory can be as beneficial as proving its validity.

Now personally, I'd rather have the government fund genuinely promising research with the potential to change lives, like stem cells. Or even (gasp!) just let me keep more of my own damn money. However if I have to choose between psychic teleportation and laser-guided missiles, I'm begrudgingly in favor of the lesser of two evils.

Also note this quote from the end of the article:

"The views expressed in the report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Air Force, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government," says an Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) statement sent to USA TODAY. "There are no plans by the AFRL Propulsion Directorate for additional funding on this contract."

Peace,

-Y


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