The René Warcollier Prize
The International Remote Viewing Association is pleased to announce the
competition for an international research award in order to encourage original research on all aspects of remote viewing, and to
uphold distinguished examples of fresh research with a view to engaging intellectual attention on the future role of remote viewing.
The Warcollier Prize
is a financial prize to be presented to the winner of a judged
competition for the best research proposal investigating some aspect of remote viewing at the
IRVA 2015 Remote Viewing Conference, June 26 - 28, 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Useful Warcollier Prize Competition Advice
IRVA is almost ready to release the call for proposals for this year's Warcollier Prize competition. In advance of that, I wanted to give some advice concerning proposals. My first suggestion is, "It doesn't have to be fancy!" I think there is a perception out there that Warcollier proposals have to have lots of bells and whistles - in other words, be some kind of paradigm-shattering experiment - to have a chance of winning. Not so! In fact, complexity and overly-ambitious attempts at novelty could actually work against your proposal being picked.
Two of the most important criteria on which a proposal is judged are "relevance" and "potential to advance the field." The relevance criterion has to do with how directly an experiment relates to remote viewing. If judges have to choose between two equally sound research proposals, the one that has the most to do with remote viewing is the one that will be picked. So "relevance" can be answered by even the simplest experiment that is most closely involved with remote viewing.
The CRVREG Study
For the experiment, ten people, including six remote viewers, gathered in Austin, Texas to perform 24 remote
viewing sessions while random event generators were running. The goal of the experiment was
to see if human consciousness expressed during the remote viewing process would correlate with a change away from
randomness in the random event generator's output. In other words, to see if REGs could detect a
remote viewer's consciousness "field." On a first assessment, at least some of the data seems to show it worked.
On the CRVREG Study website
you will find all 24 full sessions with their feedback, along with the complete REG data charts. You
will also find all the documentation (experiment design, proposal, etc.). We hope these documents will be helpful
to others in putting together their own remote viewing experiments, no matter what sort of experiment they may have
in mind. You will also find photographs of the experiment, and other interesting information and facts.
The Gabrielle Pettingell Memorial Research Fund
IRVA has activated the Gabrielle Pettingell Memorial Research Fund. You can make your tax-deductible contribution
by mail or online. We encourage you to be generous, but welcome
any amount from $10 to $10,000 or more. You can be sure that your contributions will be used only for worthy research
projects (IRVA's General Fund retains 5% of contributed research funds to offset expenses).
The Gabrielle Pettingell Memorial Research Fund has sponsored IRVA's first-ever remote viewing research project, the
CRV-REG Study; and currently co-sponsors the IRVA⁄IRIS-PA René Warcollier Prize.
Opinion polls regularly show that a large majority of the populace continues to recognize the reality
of ESP and other of what we have come to call 'paranormal' phenomena. The smaller minority who don't believe
in these things include many in the intellectual elite - the scientists and skeptics who make up today's Old
Guard. They are the ones who hold the purse strings. As long as we must rely on them to open up those purses
before we can do more real research into non-local consciousness, that research will never be done!
~ Paul H. Smith