According to John Wilhelm, many of the principles in the SRI remote viewing experiments were Scientologists:
Ingo Swann allegedly told Wilhelm that there were a total of fourteen "clears" working at SRI.
- Hal Puthoff is claimed to have been at OT (Operating Thetan) Level III at the time of the experiments. He wrote the preface to Scientology: a Religion
(can anyone provide a copy), and was married in a Scientology church.
"Puthoff says his involvement with the church more than a decade ago
was casual" (McRae, Ronald, Mind Wars, St. Martin's Press, 1984, pg 108)
- Ingo Swann
was/is at OT Level VII. He presented a paper entitled "Scientological
Techniques: A Modern Paradigm for the Exploration of Consciousness and
Psychic Integration" (in Proceedings of the First International Congress on Psychotronic Research
(Virginia: U.S. Joint Publications Research Service, 9/6/74, Document
No. JPRS L/5022-1) at the First International Congress on Psychotronic
Research in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
- Pat Price was at OT Level IV.
- Eli Primose, an assistant in the Uri Geller tests.
- George W. Church, Jr., owner of Science Unlimited Research Foundation, which funded some of the early studies.
(Wilhelm, John, The Search for Superman, as reviewed in chapter 30 of Gardner, Martin, Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus, Prometheus Books, 1981, pg 320-1; Wilhelm, John, "Psychic Spying?", Washington Post 8/7/77, B1)
The relevance?Not too much, as I can see.
There is some historical relevance, as the Scientology factor
supposedly scared off four potential sponsors of the research at SRI.
(McRae, pg 108) Also, skeptics point towards Scientology's belief in
psychic powers as a possible bias in the research.
I have my doubts that the Church of Scientology was ever used as a CIA
front, as some have suggested. Scientologists have a form of therapy
called "auditing", which involves relating details of one's life while
being hooked to an "E-meter", which is a primitive lie-detector. This
would violate some of the CIA's security protocals. Furthermore, the
Church has revealed details about both MK-ULTRA and the government's
psychic spying programs through the FOIA, which would be very
inappropriate for a CIA proprietary. Also, there are direct connections
between SRI and the intelligence community, so an indirect connection
via Scientology isn't necessary for the purposes here. However, I could
be very wrong.
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