A Distant Feeling
If you’ve read my previous posts on telepathy in dogs, you know that the term telepathy is a portmanteau word cobbled from the Greek for distant (tele) and feeling (pathy). It was coined in 1882 by Frederic W. H. Myers, a founder of the Society for Physical Research.
According to Wikipedia, “Telepathy experiments have historically been criticized for lack of proper controls and repeatability. There is no convincing evidence that telepathy exists, and the topic is generally considered by the scientific community to be pseudoscience.”
This isn’t exactly true. As mentioned in a previous post, Rupert Sheldrake of Cambridge University has proven empirically, and quite emphatically, using proper controls and repeatability, that some, though not all dogs, have a telepathic ability to know exactly when their owners are coming home. How can we tell? They wake from a nap, then go to the door or window at the exact moment that their owner decides to come home. If this happened in a random fashion that would be one thing. But they always wake from a nap at the exact moment that their owners decide to come home.
Other examples of telepathy in dogs include lost dogs who are able to find their way home even if they’re lost in totally unfamiliar territory. Some dogs have been able to do this while traveling hundreds of miles! Of course, some dogs become overcome with fear, which interferes with their telepathic “radar,” making it impossible to use their internal tracking beam.
It’s important to understand this because one of the biggest misunderstandings about telepathy is that it’s a mental process, as in “mental telepathy,” when, in fact, it’s purely visceral.
A Gut Feeling
The Japanese speak of something called ishin-denshin, often translated into English as “telepathy.” They believe that this process doesn’t take place in the brain but in the solar plexus. They also rely on the solar plexus for the instinctive processing of nonverbal information. A Japanese businessman will often use haragei—or “belly talk”—to size up a potential investment partner or business proposal.
It’s also well known that indigenous people from all over the world—American Indians, native Hawaiians, African bushmen, tribespeople of the Amazon jungle, among many others—are able to communicate telepathically with one another.
Loren McIntyre, a photographer for The National Geographic Magazine once went to Brazil on an assignment to search for an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon rain forest. He was dropped off on a riverbank, and followed the tribe into the forest. But once his photography assignment was done he couldn’t find his way back to civilization. He missed his return flight and ended up living with the tribe for two months. McIntyre says that during that time he was able to communicate with the tribespeople almost exclusively via telepathy. This ability, he later learned, was well-known to the tribe, which they called the “other language.”
Kahunas, the native priests of Hawaii, believe that telepathic messages are sent directly from the solar plexus from one person to another. African Bushmen believe that all living creatures are connected by a silver stream of energy that extends from one belly button to another. One Bushman has said, “It may seem like we send our thoughts, but we are actually sending our feelings.” Australian aborigines also believe it’s possible to see or hear things at a distance, an ability they say is located in the pit of the stomach, not in the mind or the brain.
Inside the Telepathic “Arms Race”
The Russian word for telepathy translates as “bio-information,” which suggests that the Russians also believe that telepathy is a physical or visceral process. not a mental one. In fact, Russian scientists have been interested in telepathy since the 1920s.
In August 20, 1922 a Soviet electrical engineer named Bernard Bernardovich Kazhinskiy met with a Russian circus clown and animal trainer named Vladimir Durov. The two began experimenting with the possibility of training animals through “mental suggestion,” or what Kazhhinskly called “biological radio communications.”
Over the course of two years, Durov and Kazhinskiy conducted close to 1,300 experiments testing telepathic commands with dogs. In the decades that followed, this concept of communicating telepathically would lead into a Cold War battle between Russia and the United States over the use of unconventional weapons, during which both sides tried to gain an advantage over the other by enhancing their military’s parapsychological capabilities.
Kazhinskiy noted in a 1962 report on his work, that the U.S. would eventually become quite interested in attempts to use telepathy to give the American military an edge over the Russians and other enemies, starting with a project made famous by the film, Men Who Stare at Goats.
In the 1920s, though, Kazhinskiy just wanted to see if Durov the circus clown could communicate simple ideas to his dogs. And according to Kashinskly’s report, translated in the 1960s by the U.S. Air Force’s Foreign Technology Division, the two succeeded.
More recently, a 2015 story in Newsweek made claims that two decades after the CIA denounced the government’s top-secret ESP program, former CIA telepath, Edwin May was trying to bring it back to life.
During a 1995 episode of ABC’s Nightline  then CIA Director Robert Gates and May had a face off. Gates said, “I don’t know of a single instance where it is documented that this kind of [paranormal] activity contributed in any significant way to a policy decision, or even to informing policy makers about important information.” May, who had been running the government’s ESP research program fought back, citing “dramatic cases” in which Pentagon psychics had accurately sketched targets thousands of miles away, saving lives in the process.
That said, what Sheldrake’s dogs do when they wake from a nap at the exact moment their owners decide to come home, and what the CIA “spooks” were able to do when they targeted the locations of clandestine Russian missile bases, or where some of the American students were being kept hidden during the hostage crisis in Iran, are quite different. And the difference is conscious intent. Humans have it, dogs don’t.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Government says they’re no longer using psychics or telepaths, and haven’t done so for many years.
I don’t believe that’s true. I’m pretty sure there are still some “psychics” on the government payroll. It’s not something I can prove, empirically, though.
I just have a gut feeling…
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