Psychic Warfare from 1981-2008

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I’m publishing this to clear out 2008. Like my 10 Ways article, this was written for Key 64 although it never got published.  With the ESP Bootcamp coming up, and ambient synchronicity going off the charts, I figured right now is a great time to re-examine the psychic potential of human beings.  This material is also relevant to the work/play I’m doing with Tim Boucher to develop MandalaOS and several other biocomputing systems for Omnivate LLC.  I’ve quietly started up a Brainsturbator Tumblr account—BRNSTRBTR—and my notes on Living Interfaces might be of interest to the curious future mutants among you. 

PSYCHIC WARFARE from 1981-2008

“I never liked to get into debates with the skeptics, because if you didn’t believe that remote viewing was real, you hadn’t done your homework.”

--Major General Edmund R Thompson


The year I was born, in 1981, the US Government decided magick was real.  Well, the “US Government” is of course an abstraction—specifically, Congressional Research Service was commissioned to do a report on psychic phenomena and offered the following conclusion:

Recent experiments in remote viewing and other studies in parapsychology suggest that there exists an interconnectiveness of the human mind with other minds and with matter. This interconnectiveness would appear to be functional in nature and amplified by intent and emotion.

That sounds like a pretty accurate description of magick to me.  Score one for the weirdos, right?

Of course, I don’t expect you to believe that. Ignore any claims that wouldn’t get made outside a college-level physics textbook.  There is no need to believe in non-human or “extra-dimensional” intelligence, no need to believe in telekinesis, no need to believe in any of the claims made by the magick community.  They are merely designing rituals to alter their perception and experiencing self-generated hallucinations.

The illusion of moving images is a puzzle that humans have cracked to great success, and by flashing sequential photographs at 24 frames per second or more, we get to watch movies—windows back in time.  Humans have even learned to “fake” three-dimensional objects with holographic technology. 

If it can be engineered, it can be reverse engineered. If these people are “merely” altering their own consciousness and then taking their own imagination at face value, these rituals can be modeled, measured and ultimately replicated.  It is obvious, both to skeptics and to practicing magicians, that most of the words, props and staging involved with ritual is a matter of personal preference and probably not integral to the actual effects.

The basic effects we’re discussing here need to be stated precisely.  Human beings, through mental effort and concentration, can work physical effects in the outside world without any visible or measurable force being exerted.  These effects are indeed small and slight, but that’s all humans have ever needed.

Psi is worth studying because with enough data and discussion, we can figure out the mechanism at work behind this.  The second that’s done, humans will be working on replicating, enhancing and amplifying these effects with technology. We’ve figured out how to pull off some amazing magic tricks with elemental forces of nature.  Electricity was once an obscure and controversial phenomenon, too. 


Rational materialism objects that the human body doesn’t produce enough energy to account for these effects, but this is thinking on the wrong level of scale.  As humans on the surface of a spinning planet being exposed to solar and interstellar radiation, we are constantly swimming in energy fields.  It would be a subtle but powerful biological trick to harness this energy.

Biology does that more or less constantly, on every level of scale. I’m not talking “spiritual” or “ethereal” anything, this is simple as photosynthesis, and amazing as the oceans dancing through space with the moon.

Another explanation for psi phenomena that gets invoked a great deal is quantum physics.  I suspect that the experimental basis of quantum theory is very relevant, but not the proposed explantions.  Even the founding fathers were not satisfied with their own explanations.  What did Erwin Shroedinger think of quantum physics? “I do not like it, and I am sorry I ever had anything to do with it,” he said.

The reason quantum theory is weird, stated nakedly, is that it contradicts almost everything we experience in our daily lives. Sober and eminently rational men of science took a peek into the smallest level of scale that humans can percieve—so far—and what they found baffled them and defied the existing, Euclidian concepts of physics.

The traditional narrative explanation holds that science gradually accepted the fact that at the quantum level, all the rules suddenly change. 

Personally, I think that’s not a necessary step: science had it wrong to begin with, and at the quantum level, their measuring equipment is precise enough to prove it.  The results of the classic quantum experiments—results that you yourself can reproduce—are strong evidence for human psi phenomena.  In other words, I am claiming that the results of these experiments are determined and directly affected by the scientists who observe them. This is not the same as claiming “we create the universe,” just pointing out that our interaction with the universe interferes with our measurements.

Everyone who shaped Quantum Physics disagreed with one another, vehemently and often totally, about the meaning of their own work.  Einstien rejected the “spooky” aspects of the entire system, Heisenberg thought that Schrodinger’s work was “disgusting,” and Schrodinger in turn was “repelled” by Heisenberg’s theories. 

Not surprisingly, Schrodinger and Heisenberg both proved themselves right.  This, in and of itself, is a very valuable lesson that’s very difficult to learn.  For instance, if you disagree with my version of quantum theory, you’re not wrong...but then again, neither am I.



“Often one hears, ‘I believe in telepathy’ or ‘I don’t believe.’ But what does this really have to do with belief?  That is not a scientific formulation of the question.  We need to research those problems scientifically.”

--Lazar Soukarebsky

imageIn 2008, do we have the technology nescessary to radically alter the perception and thoughts of other human beings, without their knowledge? 

We live in a world where many technological advances are supressed, either by military classification, corporate secrecy, or vested interests who would be threatened by change.  However, based on limited knowledge through de-classified and publicly available resources, it looks like the answer is a definite yes.

The two most common methods of forced consciousness change are electromagnetic signals and pharmaceutical drugs, and both methods have long, colorful research histories involving military, religious, and corporate forces.  However, it’s worth considering that the media environment itself provides the most important technology of control, hidden in plain sight. 

This is even more signifigant when you consider that the science of memetics is still very much in a pre-paradigm state. There’s no working explanation of how memes actually transfer and replicate themselves, and no functional description of what a “meme” even is. 

Most proposed theories are biological metaphors: language as a virus, for instance.  Most of these metaphors hold up beautifully, especially viewing human culture as a stigmergic communication network, such as an ant or bacteria colony.  Stigmergy is the invisible system behind swarm behavior, where critters alter their environment to leave cues for other critters.  There’s no central planning, but the behavior that emerges will appear to be intelligently guided.

There’s a simpler and more disturbing possibility, based on the 1950s research of Herbert Krugman.  He discovered early on that television watching induces a shift towards right brain dominance in human primates.  This phenomenon also triggers the release of endorphins, and seems to indicate that television is literally and physically addictive.  If this is the case, then nearly anything that goes on a TV screen would have powerful mental and physical effects. 

A number of eminent scientists have proposed theories of new fields in order to explain psi phenomena.  Rupert Sheldrakehas outlined remarkable research into morphogenetic fields, which enable instantaneous communication over vast distances.  Another quality heretic is Ervin Laszlo, a very respected man who’s probably lived far longer than some would like.  He left the Club of Rome, disgusted with their elitism and technofascist beliefs, and then added injury to insult by publishing “Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything,”which suggests that our Universe shares background information fields of zero point quantum fuzz with every other possible Universe, simultaneously.


Perhaps it’s nothing so grandiose.  I’ve recently been re-reading Marvin Minsky’s book “Society of Mind,”which is a collection of single-page essays about the component parts of consciousness.  Minsky was an early AI researcher, who has been guided by the assumption that consciousness is the sum of thousands of small, unremarkable parts: simple biological calculations, energy transfers, and information coding.  Although I don’t buy his argument, I’ve found the book is more compelling when read in reverse: as a working description of how a whole society’s mind would actually work.

The physical principle of entrainment also has implications for a possible psi mechanism.  Recent brain research has generated a lot of publicity for “mirror neurons” as the physical explanation for human empathy, as well as the physical entrainment that happens during human interaction. 

Questions of entrainment lead to questions of scale.  If other humans can exert powerful unconscious effects on us, what about the larger environment?  Earth is constantly radiated with energy from the sun, other stars, and ambient galactic space weather.  In the history of parapsychology research, though, experiments indicate that all this energy flow is not enabling psi phenomena.  In fact, most sources agree that exposure to ambient energy fields inhibits psi strength and performance.

“Of particular interest here is the growing literature in parapsychology suggesting that perceptual psi, both in the lab and spontaneously in life, improves as GMF fluctuations decrease.”
--Dean Radin, The Conscious Universe, pg. 177


“When you’re inside [a Faraday cage], a psychic, for example, has their performance increased by a thousand fold. A Faraday cage shields you from the electromagnetic radio waves, allowing only extremely low frequency (E.L.F.) magnetic waves to get through. I don’t think there’s a psychic warfare research lab that doesn’t make use of them today.”
--Andrija Puharich, random online interview...bear in mind his credibility is roughly on par with an average politician.


It should come as no surprise that some people have exceptional psychic skills—the same is true for baseball, music and all other forms of human endeavor.  However, if psychic ability is a basic human potential, then this material should be useful for anyone interested in this phenomena, regardless of “natural talent.”

Mystical traditions are full of conflicting dietary restrictions, and many trance mediums were vegetarians who avoided refined sugars.  In the absence of any biological mechanism for psi, it’s impossible to judge any of this tradition except for personal experimentation.  If psi is related to DNA biophontonic effects,then perhaps the sugar ban is not superstition, as refined sugar has been shown to reduce the biophotonic emission of human DNA considerably.  The health implications and even the cause of DNA emitting biophotons remain unknown. 

All of this, of course, is ultimately conjecture in the face of the unknown.  That’s a good thing, too.  Despite billions of dollars, global resources, and classified technology, the monkeys who think they’re in charge aren’t any closer to The Truth than the rest of us weirdos.

This much we do know: don’t bet against human potential.

Perhaps this is all self-delusion.  Of course I want to believe human beings have psychic powers, but that’s just hippie optimism from an overgrown kid who read too much X-Men.  With both neurology and physics in a transition state, I’m selectively cherry-picking anomalous facts to make my fantasy sound more “scientific.”

Still: Most of you reading this have psychic mutant superpowers you’re currently unaware of. Unlocking them is a means of mentally and emotionally enabling yourself, as well as doing the research to understand your abilities and better manipulate them. 

There is nobody else to do this research for us.  There are no trustworthy experts—in fact, most of the best writers in the field are con artists and anonymous pseudonyms.  A revival of “scientific illuminism” has never been more important than it is in 2008.  Although there’s a great deal more money in gathering followers, our best tool for meaningful progress is communication among equals.

If you can hook people and make learning sexy, that’s magic at the highest level. When lies become true, most humans call that prophecy, some folks call that public relations, and a few carnival hoodlums recognize a great pitch. Every idea already exists, but few of them have ever been pitched persuasively.

I know what you’re thinking.


17 responses to "Psychic Warfare from 1981-2008"

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    Jan 09, 2009 at 2:12 AM
    Joe h from ri

    I did some pretty basic experiments on remote viewing or telepathy online with someone years ago.

    They seemed to work at first and then some very weird shit started happening.

    We stopped not long after that actually.

    Not specifically because of it, just circumstances really.

    A few months later we brought up the idea again and both sort of decided not to pursue it any further.  By then we’d had these opinions on what happened - basically we felt we were messing with something, we didn’t really know what the consequences were, and if my suspician was right they might be very serious, possibly fatal for some people who had nothing to do with it.

    I know that sounds like bullshit, but we did this six years ago, and even now I feel pretty similar about it.  I also thought it was unlikely but not completely unlikely, you know, odds are higher than 50% it was a flukey coincidence, but not high enough not to wonder what was going on.  Or be confident something similar wouldn’t happen.

    Anyway I might email you with the details and my own take on what happened.  There’s probably enough info in there to make some tentative steps toward some conclusions.

    I still don’t know who that guy was that I did the experiments with.  I know more about 37, including your name, (although i spose J B and all about him could a complicated hoax.  If so its a worthy one.)

    He lived in the states, on the coasts while I knew him, and he might have told me his first name.

    But we had some pretty good chats, understood each others maps - so we had a good shared ground to visualise what we doing.  Or a shared foundation to build the process on.

    Thats probably really important too, and maybe is why indigenous cultures seem to have a much better grip on that esp stuff.

    Anyway great article >>A revival of “scientific illuminism” has never been more important than it is in 2008.<< - so true. (ish)


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    Jan 09, 2009 at 4:17 AM

    “The chaos magical view of self is that it is based on the same random capricious chaos which makes the universe exist and do what it does. The magical self has no center; it is not a unity but an assemblage of parts, any number of which may temporarily club together and call themselves “I.”
    Peter Carroll, Liber Kaos

    i thought this was appropriate.

    your sentence: “Perhaps this is all self-delusion”
    perhaps this IS all self-delusion.
    Perhaps THIS is ALL self-delusion.
    may no longer be a question.

    I’m going to hit the deck and stay down to avoid any EMFs and harness my psychic powers to the point that I can use all emf devices against themselves, then I will stand up once again and my first word will be:


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    Jan 09, 2009 at 5:36 AM

    It’s not “all self-delusion,” but your bias as someone who read too many x-men comic books is showing.

    let’s consider concentration. concentration is simply a way of cultivating more and more energy. it leads to discrete states which have been reproduced over and over again. it also helps you chill the fuck out, which is crucial. The curious thing is that after a while those discrete states shift such that you can be in those replicable states but experiencing an overlay of the non-replicable: entity interations, idiosyncratic colors, sounds and sensations, etc.

    Likewise we have a pretty good idea of what can help: eating very little, anaesthetic/NDMA drugs (tryptamines don’t seem to have a lasting impact beyond the duration of the dosage), minimal distractions, reduced sleep, avoiding gross physical exertion, subtle body work & pranayama, etc., etc.

    all this is about is directing energy. “Concentration” is really more about “collecting” this energy into a single place, the object your subject takes. that said this is very unreliable, and i suspect this stems from a similar dynamic to the one i mentioned above. Manifestation is simply not a one-step process--I am content with the language of mysticism, but call it “fractal” if you need to science-ize it. The replicable states and the subjective content interact, which seems to be a necessity--e.g., can their be a content-free ritual? I don’t think so, something about the content--which includes internal ecology, of which no one is ever free, among other things--is what leads to the effect from what I can gather.

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    Jan 09, 2009 at 7:41 AM
    we's unruh

    interesting stuff, esp. on the heels of the death of ‘Senator Odball’

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    Jan 09, 2009 at 7:45 AM

    Very interesting. I recently read a book by Dr. Robert Lomas about rituals involving the Venus rise and a possible kernel of truth behind astrology. It has to do with the D-Layer and the ionosphere and the effect heavy mass planets have on brain development from conception to two years of age.

    The thinking used to be that neurons fire or they don’t, binary action-’neurons that fire together wire together,’ and that if they don’t fire for very long they get absorbed, but another researcher found that they have a third state, that of oscillation where they are suspended between firing in one or more directions and are therefore more agile.

    Oscillation combined with the fact that a baby has million more neurons than an adult, and far less synapses, results in an effervescence of synaptic formation when affected by radio waves caused by free electrons in the ionosphere. This is increased dramatically when there are heavy mass objects rising or at high noon during the brain’s early development. The D-Layer shields this, however, around the equator.

    So some people receive a massive synaptic ‘boost’ and the Venus rise may even intensify the effect, and may have benefits for adults as well. It is combined further with a conjunction of planets or bodies, mythically famous as the conjunction of Venus and Mercury, sometimes called the Shekinah.

    I have been wanting to test this idea by getting up for the next Shekinah but I haven’t been able to figure out when it happens next. The Venus rise supposedly happens every 8 years and it sounds like it would at least be interesting to watch. They say it has an eerie red light and rises about twenty minutes before the sun.

    So this effect may intensify psi ability as well.

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    Jan 09, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    Ian Reclus

    Yes. Very much so. 

    Some relevant links I’ve gathered on this, which you may enjoy:

    Something from the Baptists’ Head on subjectivity and the actual definition of the self (Thelema and/or Buddhism… with a little quantum physics thrown in)

    All of Rob Bryanton’s work on his 10 dimensions model

    And a couple of recent posts from my site as well, on the same subject.

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    Jan 09, 2009 at 2:02 PM
    Rhiannon Gurley

    would like to know your thoughts on the psychic ability when our body is asleep. Appears there are two or more worlds we are interacting with when asleep. Even weirder if you think about it when certain people you know join you in those dreams. How unconscious vs conscious is it all.

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    Jan 09, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    nathan please say more about NDMA drugs and psy.

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    Jan 10, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Particularly, i was referring to things like ketamine, DXM and PCP, which seem to have an effect that lasts beyond the dose/come down. I have a friend who caused a lot of gross physical and energetic phenomena just through use of these things. I suspect that a disciplined meditator would be able to navigate them much better.

    but it might be just as simple as taking magnesium (very weak NDMA) regularly.

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    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:12 AM
    Eric Patton

    Might as well try it as equals, the other ways haven’t been very sticky.

    The social network of the “cult” with it’s titles and positions (which can usually be bought) has clearly been shown to fail as a way of teaching. Teachers aren’t required to show an aptitude with what they teach, or too requalify. After awhile the elite members will of discovered “secret” techniques that are too powerful just to be given out, and only people who play the title games can get ahead. In the end it becomes more of a question of social reputation than of work.

    The coven model fails as well, it’s too small and usually ends up with one person taking command over it.

    Techniques need lots of field use. If you’ve been around at all then you’ll of heard hundreds of different cults talking shit about some long lost technique they found, whether it was monks or witches are whatever that passed them down through the generations. It’s always bullshit.

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    Jan 12, 2009 at 5:13 PM
    Warren Harding

    I don’t see what’s so implausible about it.  Any protein or structure capable of modulating/demodulating your low frequency brain waves onto a carrier frequency, like your cellphone does with your voice, could produce telepathic phenomina. is for sale.

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    Jan 12, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    nice article, right up my alley.  i think modern science has a habit of disregarding abberant results in its quest for “normal” or “average” measurements to deal with the questions that become raised from observable phenom.  and along with sheldrake i look at the “laws” of nature to be more like “habits.” i’ve done a lot of research in examining psi phenom. from the perspective of transpersonal psychology and i think of psi abilities as natural yet largely unrecognized faculties of the mind and the mind’s relationship to matter.  the questions of lucid dreaming and astral projection are interesting to bring up in this context.  i’ve experienced a lot of both and my conclusion is that there’s a lot more going on than we may realize.  our “dream selves” and “astral bodies” seem to have a life of their own apart from our everyday existence (or operate on such a different level of scale as to give this impression), and certainly apart from the random firing of neurons for fantastical wish fulfillment.  ultimately i think better measuring devices and more evolved technologies will enable us to better understand these issues.  bringing up electricity as a formerly “supernatural” and “weird” ability seems like a pertinent example in that regard.  erik davis wrote a book called techgnosis which raises a lot of these technological issues with mystical underpinnings.  thanks for this article it gives me a lot to ponder over.

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    Jan 13, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Ever seen this website:

    same mob:

    worth a look (their references page, some of its crap)

    I honestly dunno what to make of it or him (the guy that runs it).

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    Jan 15, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    fucking brilliant as always, woke me right up

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    Jan 24, 2009 at 2:57 PM
    drew hempel

    37—excellent article.  The point you raise about sugar and biophotons is spot-on.  Here’s the relevant online excerpt from the biophoton researcher who authored Rainbow and the Worm:

    “Intuitively, one can see that the more the cell or organism has the capacity to store the energy, the less will be re-emitted, and also the more long-lasting is the DL (the slope of the hyperbolic decay curve is less steep). That may be why there is an inverse relationship between the vigour of seeds and intensity of DL. But that is no more than a hypothesis at the moment.”

    In related research this storage capacitiy of biophotons is measured as sugar marking the potential energy.  Just google sugar and biophotons.

    You can see it’s a “hypothesis”—I’ve always pondered this paradox in biophoton research.  The documentary on Tibetan Medicine states that “Padma 28” this amazing herb that cures the main cause of Western death—clogged cardiovascular system—includes the biophoton research.  When the cell immune system is activated in response to a foreign substance then it emits biophotons but when the immune system is ingesting metabolic energy (food) then the biophoton emission goes back to normal.

    In terms of alchemy (and I live this every day) sugar is the main blocker for converting the body-mind to a pure biophoton system, based on the “bigu” diet.  So eating food with low glycemic index is crucial—even fruit goes against the biophoton system.  Better to eat greens.  Of course the normal westerner would consider this hallucination so I just eat lots of garlic and/or smell like “money.” haha.

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    Jan 29, 2009 at 7:23 AM
    Royal Fam

    This is all cool but you’re missing like 20 points at once.  It’s good that you can see there’s “something going on” but seriously, we’ve made a lot more progress at identifying the mechanics involved here.  I know you’ve been resistant to the concept of channeled communication on the forum before, but so much of the information checks out that it’s important to evaluate it like any other signal—don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, to use a terrible human cliche.  There’s noise in all signals, you of all people know that.  Check out people like Gregg Braden and Drunvalo, I know you knee-jerk because they’re New Age, I know you hippie-fy because they charge lots of money and act like gurus.  You talk a lot about “cognitive biases” and you even acknowledge your own on occasion, but you don’t seem willing to take that next step and seriously consider moving past them.  JUST MY TWO CENTS GET A REAL JOB ha ha no I love you.

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    Feb 13, 2009 at 5:45 AM
    Acai Spam Psychic Dowsing

    I watched a T.V. show that featured remote viewing once, and it seemed pretty legit. I’m often a skeptic when it comes to things like that, but to think that we fully understand EVERYTHING around us is just complete nonsense.

    Editor’s Note: I’ll leave this up as a monument to the subversion and corruption of all miracles, and all further Acai Berry MLM spam will just be deleted.  Even Remote Viewing has been puffed into DVD sets, even meditation itself has been merchandised.  Reading Permaculture books in sync with Sociobiology books leads to dark but expansive thoughts.  Superorganism calling: retrocausality is coming.

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