Synopses & Reviews
On February 4, 1974, members of the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped nineteen-year-old newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst from her Berkeley, California apartment. Desperate to find her, the police called physicist Russell Targ and Pat Price, a psychic retired police commissioner. As Price turned the pages of the police mug book filled with hundreds of photos, suddenly he pointed to one of them and announced, Thats the ringleader.” The man was Donald DeFreeze, who was indeed subsequently so identified. Price also described the type and location of the kidnap car, enabling the police to find it within minutes. That remarkable event is one reason Targ believes in ESP. Another occurred when his group made $120,000 by forecasting for nine weeks in a row the changes in the silver-commodity futures market.
As a scientist, Targ demands proof. His experience is based on two decades of investigations at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), which he cofounded with physicist Harold Puthoff in 1972. This twenty-million dollar program launched during the Cold War was supported by the CIA, NASA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Army and Air Force Intelligence. The experiments they conducted routinely presented results could have happened by chance less than once in a million. Targ describes four types of experiments:
1. Remote Viewing, in which a person describes places and events independent of space and time. For example, while in California Price drew to scale a Soviet weapons factory at Semipalitinsk with great accuracy later confirmed by Satellite photography. In another remote viewing, Targ accurately sketched an airport in San Andreas, Columbia himself.
2. Distant Mental Influence, where the thoughts of the experimenter can positively or negatively affect the physiology (heart rate, skin resistance, etc.) of a distant person.
3. Whole field isolation, where someone in a state of sensory isolation accurately describes the visual experiences of someone else in another place.
4. Precognition and retrocausality, showing that the future can affect the past. That is, the elephant you see on television in the morning can be the cause of your having dreamed about elephants the previous night.
Final chapters present evidence for survival after death; explain how ESP works based on the Buddhist/Hindu view of our selves as nonlocal, eternal awareness; discuss the ethics of exercising psychic abilities,and show us how to explore ESP ourselves. I am convinced,” Targ says, that most people can learn to move from their ordinary mind to one not obstructed by conventional barriers of space and time. Who would not want to try that?”
"In The Reality of ESP: A Physicists Proof of Psychic Abilities
, Russell Targ shares his comprehensive scientific research to provide convincing evidence that by quieting our minds we can access information in the field of potentiality where there is no distance in space and time." -- Deepak Chopra, author, War of the Worldviews
"This book, detailing its author's many successful investigations into the paranormal, should make those who deny the possible existence of such phenomena think again." -- Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate in Physics and Emeritus Professor, Physics, University of Cambridge
"For decades, physicist Russell Targ has produced some of the most significant scientific research ever conducted on the nature of consciousness. He has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that the mind can function without limitation in space and time, and that this ability is widespread, teachable, and practical. The Reality of ESP is an inspiring description of who we really are, and why we should not settle for less." --Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions
"Russell Targ is a cultural jewel of our time. He is a pioneer in the field of non-local perceptions with impeccable integrity. His book The Reality of ESP is essential reading for all of us who yearn to know the truth about the universe and get freed from the narrow, small- sighted vision of the world." --Judith Orloff MD, author of Second Sight
"Russell Targ is one of the most experienced and successful parapsychology researchers of the last fifty years. He writes from the perspective of an insider's insider. And, I regard all that he has to say to be of great importance to anyone trying to understand this very tricky field. I highly recommend all of the books by Russell Targ." --Jeffrey Mishlove, author of The Roots of Consciousness
"Russell Targ is one the foremost scientists in the world when it comes to parapsychology and a good story teller too. If you want to know the latest and greatest about our increasing understanding of the psychic side of humanity, this is required reading." --Charles T. Tart, Professor, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto CA, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, University of California, Davis and author of The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal is Bringing Science and Spirit Together
"The book is special in its combination of a disarmingly engaging account of individuals gifted in RV (including the tests they were put to, backed up with clear statements of the protocols and outcomes); good up-to-date summaries of work by others; and some serious reflection on the nature of reality that can support the properties that ESP (as manifest in RV) appears to have. The book is lively, well written, copiously illustrated, cogent and well constructed: particularly, if I dare say so, for an author close to 80. It is a pleasure to read and review it." --CHRIS BRATCHER, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research [Vol. 76.4, No. 909
The Reality of ESP serves as a worthy bookend to an illustrious and productive career that has, in many ways, changed the world forever.” Paul H. Smith, Ph.D., Aperture magazine, Fall-Winter 2013
"It's hard to neatly peg this book and certainly libraries shouldn't be quick to limit its audience to new age readers alone; for Russell Targ is a physicist who here offers proof of psychic abilities. For decades Targ has produced significant scientific research on the nature of consciousness, showing how the mind can function without limits in space and time. This book synthesizes much of his research in parapsychology into a format general non-scientist readers can easily understand, documenting NASA's program for an ESP-teaching machine, the history of remote viewing equipment, and discussing models for parapsychology studies and their findings. The result offers convincing evidence in a fine survey highly recommended for science as well as new age collections." --The Midwest Book Review, March 2013
About the Author
is a physicist and author, and was a pioneer in the development of the laser and laser applications. He holds his B.S. in Physics from Queens College, and did graduate work in physics at Columbia University. Targ has received two National Aeronautics and Space Administration awards for inventions and contributions in lasers and laser communications, and has published over one hundred scientific papers on lasers, plasma physics and ESP research.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Targ co-founded and worked for the CIA-sponsored Stanford Research Institutes investigation into psychic abilities. His work in this new area, called remote viewing, was published in Nature, The Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and in Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1983 and 1984, he accepted invitations to present remote viewing demonstrations and address the USSR Academy of Sciences on this research.
In 1997, Targ retired from Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space Co. as a senior staff scientist, where he developed airborne laser systems for the detection of windshear. Targ now teaches remote viewing workshops worldwide and continues to write. He is co-author of eight books dealing with the scientific investigation of psychic abilities, including Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing, Transformation of Consciousness and his autobiography Do You See What I See: Memoirs of a Blind Biker.
Russell Targ is also an editor, publisher, songwriter, producer and teacher. He lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife Patricia.