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Old 04-26-2016, 11:39 AM
joema joema is offline
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Originally Posted by TimeWinder View Post
...If any of these extrasensory things had actually panned out, the discoverer would have been famous for finding whatever the underlying new mechanism turned out to be...
Exactly. They would be rich, famous, etc. The motivational factors driving discovery and use of any legitimate phenomena are immense. Yet nothing valid could ever be reproduced.

There would also be huge intelligence and military applications -- it would not be limited to parlor tricks. The U.S. alone spends $80 billion per year on intelligence:

It would be pretty handy if they could use a technique like "remote viewing", unlike a reconnaissance satellite which cost up to $4 billion each, yet can't even see inside a building.

The CIA and apparently the Soviet Union both investigated this, and it did not work: