Oct 29, 2008 01:55 PM
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is well known for pushing the boundaries of science and technology in search of ways to give the U.S. military an edge— robotic pack animals, self-navigating vehicles and plant-based jet fuel, to name a few. Less well known is the agency’s Cold War-era investigation into how paranormal phenomena like extrasensory perception might be used by the U.S. to get a leg up on the former Soviet Union and, perhaps more importantly, by the USSR against the United States.
Working with Washington, D.C., think tank Rand Coporation, DARPA determined that paranormal research by the Soviets focused on physical science, engineering and quantifiable results, whereas their U.S. counterparts tended to be psychologists looking instead to explore the human mind. The bottom line, according to a 1973 DARPA-commissioned study entitled “Paranormal Phenomena”:”the U.S. has failed to significantly advance our understanding of paranormal phenomena.”
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