5Nov04 - USA Today - Air Force report calls for $7.5M to study psychic teleportation
- 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"
Eric Davis says psychic teleportation, moving yourself
from location to location through mind powers, is
"quite real and can be controlled."
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
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
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
. Wormholes, a highly theoretical possibility whereby the intense
gravitational field near black holes could rip open entrances to distant
. 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
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