Lessons Learned From the Stargate Program with Edwin C. May

Edwin C. May, PhD, was involved in the military intelligence psychic spying program, popularly referred to as Stargate, for over twenty years. During the last decade, he was the director of research for that program. In this context, he produced over a hundred scientific publications. His academic training was in experimental nuclear physics. He is coauthor of ESP Wars: East and West and also Anomalous Cognition: Remote Viewing Research and Theory. He is the coeditor of a two volume anthology titled Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism, and Science.

Here he acknowledges that expectations for future successful applications in parapsychology may be too high. Because there have been some dramatic successes in remote viewing, people sometimes fail to appreciate how difficult this work can be. In the future, the best chance for success will come from well-funded, multi-disciplinary teams that are staffed by young scientists. Of particular interest will be neurophysiological studies. He also expressed his hope that joint projects could be initiated with Russian researchers who are also experienced in the applications of remote viewing. Such efforts could be relatively safe and inexpensive and could, potentially, be of use in combating terrorism.

New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in “parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980). He is a past vice-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology; and is the recipient of the Pathfinder Award from that Association for his contributions to the field of human consciousness exploration. He is also past-president of the non-profit Intuition Network, an organization dedicated to creating a world in which all people are encouraged to cultivate and apply their inner, intuitive abilities.

(Recorded on June 18, 2016)
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