Since a few folks seem interested, I thought I would post some links for your browsing/ information.
First as some background: 'remote viewing' is a term coined in a science lab. It was initially based on work done the previous few decades via
Rhine, ASPR, and others. The difference initially was that instead of being forced-choice psi or "describe something in a cubbyhole in the box in the
next room", it was literally describing a location somewhere. The difference later (as all science protocols evolve with experience), is that it
became double-blind. That is to say, that neither the subject nor anybody in physiological proximity with them knew what the target was.
Around the same time this happened (beginning of the 1970s), a different segment of science was doing just about the exact same thing, they called it
'distance viewing' instead. Remote Viewing is what is called 'free response' psychic functioning. That means that rather than having to pick a
card, guess a number, or choose a place on a map, the subject is welcome to describe whatever comes to them, freely. It is essentially a form of
clairvoyance except it is using "all" senses. Information can be recorded in words, pictures, audio, etc. depending on the psychic/viewer and
depending on the protocol set up in advance. For example, one of the most famous protocols for RV is called 'Ganzfeld'. They had people lie back,
they had halved ping-pong balls over their eyes and a red light, they played music to put them in an altered state, and then they did 'interviews'
(one person asking question, the subject usually speaking in response).
Distance Viewing and Remote Viewing (and 'free response psi' without those specific terms) was practiced and developed and evolved somewhat, around
the world from basically the end of the 1960s/early 1970s until the early 1980s, when when a different thing occurred. In 1977-79 the US government
had created a unit of intelligence soldiers who were the last left standing after a long testing process, to come up with people who appeared to have
inclination for skill at viewing. This was just following a new branch of research funded by a variety of government agencies (and others). They
needed more people for the unit before long, and rather than do another recruit/vet/test series like they had initially, the director of the research
project (Dr. Harold Puthoff) chose to fund one of the earliest psychics who'd helped get that research going--in fact THE earliest, on one starting
project--Ingo Swann, to develop a "psychic method" that he believed would make it easier for people who had no known psychic ability to more quickly
and/or more efficiently learn to use whatever innate ability they had.
There are, in Swann's own words, thousands of formats of psi throughout time. There are many psychic-methods for viewing, probably the most famous is
Silva Mind Control by Jose Silva, which was very big in the 1970s when much of this was developing. Other notorious psychics, such as Edgar Cayce and
Jane Roberts, wrote books about "how to use your ESP power" or variants thereon, and Ingo Swann wrote a book like that as well in the 1970s, along
with his autobiography of the time, "To Kiss Earth Goodbye" (a really good book I might add--Swann is brilliant, and has a huge amount of reading
available at his website, www.biomindsupowerpowers.com...
Swann requested and was given (funded) by Puthoff a few 'trainees' to work with part time for a few years, initially outside the lab in California
and then outside science entirely at his place in New York. This was a first-run experiment, but Swann was a great viewer and had done a truly crazy
amount of personal research on such things and had some really good ideas. Puthoff and Swann (and the lab manager and later Director May) were all
Scientologists, and as you may know, "secret techniques for achieving mental stuff" is pretty much the cornerstone of scientology.
To be continued