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5Nov04 - USA Today - Air Force report calls for $7.5M to study psychic teleportation

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  • David Crockett Williams
    A version of this article appeared on page A3 of the Bakersfield Californian on November 5, 2004, under title of Update: Your tax dollars at work
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      A version of this article appeared on page A3 of the
      Bakersfield Californian on November 5, 2004, under
      title of "Update: Your tax dollars at work"

      --excerpt...

      Eric Davis says psychic teleportation, moving yourself
      from location to location through mind powers, is
      "quite real and can be controlled."

      http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2004-11-05-teleportation_x.htm

      Posted 11/5/2004 4:01 AM Updated 11/5/2004 12:41 PM


      Air Force report calls for $7.5M to study psychic teleportation

      By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY

      Star Trek fans may be happy to hear that the Air Force has paid to study
      psychic teleportation.

      But scientists aren't so thrilled.

      The Air Force Research Lab's August "Teleportation Physics Report," posted
      earlier this week on the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) Web site,
      struck a raw nerve with physicists and critics of wasteful military
      spending.

      In the report, author Eric Davis says psychic teleportation, moving yourself
      from location to location through mind powers, is "quite real and can be
      controlled." The 88-page report also reviews a range of teleportation
      concepts and experiments:

      . Quantum teleportation, a technique demonstrated in the last decade that
      shifts the characteristics, but not the location, of sub-atomic particles at
      great distances.

      . Wormholes, a highly theoretical possibility whereby the intense
      gravitational field near black holes could rip open entrances to distant
      locales.

      . Psychokinesis, or psychic teleportation. In support of the idea, the
      report cites UFO reports, Soviet and Chinese studies of psychics and U.S.
      military studies of spoon-bending phenomena.

      "It is in large part crackpot physics," says physicist Lawrence Krauss of
      Case Western Reserve University, author of The Physics of Star Trek, a book
      detailing the physical limits that prevent teleportation. He describes the
      Air Force report as "some things adapted from reasonable theoretical
      studies, and other things from nonsensical ones."

      Some experts have long criticized what they see as a military sweet tooth
      for junk science. A "remote viewing" project, for example, undertaken by
      defense intelligence services and declassified in 1994, sought to see
      whether psychic powers could be employed to spy on the Soviet Union. The
      teleportation report " raises questions of scientific quality control at the
      Air Force," the FAS' Steven Aftergood says.

      Davis, a physicist with Warp Drive Metrics of Las Vegas, couldn't be reached
      for comment. The Air Force paid $25,000 for the report, part of a $20.5
      million advanced rocket and missile design contract. The report calls for
      $7.5 million to conduct psychic teleportation experiments.

      "The views expressed in the report are those of the author and do not
      necessarily reflect the official policy of the Air Force, the Department of
      Defense or the U.S. Government," says an Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)
      statement sent to USA TODAY. "There are no plans by the AFRL Propulsion
      Directorate for additional funding on this contract."

      Explaining why the lab sponsored the study, AFRL spokesman Ranney Adams
      said, "If we don't turn over stones, we don't know if we have missed
      something."

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