Did The U.S. And Russia Have Psychic Soldiers?

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The United States’ Department of Defense has done multiple studies into “remote viewing” or “ESP” (extra sensory perception), but have they found anything worth while?

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What Makes Something Paranormal?:

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Psychic Spies of the Cold War:

“The U.S. government’s use of trained psychics for military application has a history dating back at least a few decades. Project Stargate was an umbrella codename for a project funded by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).”

What Really Happened During The Philadelphia Experiment?:

“Popularized by the 1984 film, a bizarre low-budget sequel, and a 2012 Syfy channel movie, tales of the Philadelphia Experiment involves covert U.S. Navy operations that led to time travel, teleportation, and mangled flesh.”

UFOs And The Government:

“From the beginning, society — in the persons of prominent scientists, government officials, military officers, journalists, and ordinary citizens — would make things disagreeable for those who insisted they had seen strange flying objects and those who believed them.”

U.S. And Soviet Spooks Studied Paranormal Powers To Find A Cold War Advantage:

“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.”

RAND: Russians Top U.S. In Paranormal Research (Updated):

“Watch out, America: those damn Ruskies are kicking our butts in figuring out how to use the paranormal to win the Cold War.”

Whatever Happened to Parapsychology?:

“It seems that stories of the paranormal sprout up every day, and everywhere, in pop culture and the media. Weird news websites number in the hundreds, and there are entire television series dedicated to psychic abilities, hauntings and paranormal investigation.”

13 University-Sanctioned Paranormal Research Projects:

“The existence of paranormal phenomena is one of those things you’re usually either heartily for or against. In case you’re on the fence about the subject, here’s a list of 13 of the most prominent university sanctioned (and unsanctioned) odysseys into paranormal research, and what they found.”

There Is a Paranormal Activity Lab at the University of Virginia:

“The market for stories of paranormal academe is a rich one. There’s Heidi Julavits’s widely acclaimed 2012 novel The Vanishers, which takes place at a New England college for aspiring Sylvia Brownes.”

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