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Actually this half-hour television documentary – originally commissioned by Vision TV – was enormous fun to make, mostly because the directors – Adam and Andrew Gray, and their partner in crime Rob Spence – are such excellent guys. Remote Viewing is the purported ability to psychically “see” across time and space to remote events and scenes. It sounds like total baloney, but it happens to be baloney the US government spent a big chunk of money funding in the 70s and 80s as part of their “we’ll try anything to beat the Russians” counter-intelligence programs. Except, as I eventually learned, it may not be all baloney. If you take the time to actually read about the history of ESP research you find a lot of very interesting scientific experiments, and a great number of intelligent sympathizers – both historical (William James and Sigmund Freud) and contemporary (Freeman Dyson, Charles Tart, Marilyn Schlitz, Dean Radin and others). Despite the claims of various scientific and religious authorities, no one knows the true relationship between the mind and the world. It’s a mystery – the biggest mystery of all in fact. It’s very likely the mind is an emergent property of the brain, as is the orthodox consensus view, but it’s also possible there is some deeper relationship between the mental and the material, as is the mystical and the New Age view. We simply don’t know enough about the nature of existence to be sure one way or another. When it comes to ESP, I personally am on the fence, and I’ll probably stay there until Shirley MacLaine downloads the entire contents of her mind into my frontal lobe, at which point I may reconsider. One thing I will say: every skeptic should read Extraordinary Knowing by Elizabeth Lloyd Meyer, if only to correct their innate biases. Then – though you may still find the whole notion preposterous – it least you can say you’ve looked openly at the research.