IRVA 2022 – The History of IRVA & Introducing the new IRVA Historical & Archival Committee
IRVA 2021 – Decoding the Nuraghi of Sardinia
Angela Thompson Smith, founder of the Nevada Remote Viewing Group, reveals the secrets of a special type of defensive structure known as Nuraghi, originally developed on the island of Sardinia.
Documentary filmmaker Regina Meredith and Gaia TV sought information from the Nevada Remote Viewing Group on these circular defensive towers, which take the form of truncated cones built of dressed stone. After three “blind” remote viewing sessions, the group provided data, sketches, clay models, and information that helped to describe the formations, the builders, and uses of the Nuraghi of Sardinia. Angela presents these findings―now documented in Gaia’s 3-part documentary, Evidence of Giants in Sardinia, Italy―directly to you.
IRVA 2020 – IRVA Founders Panel
The International Remote Viewing Association was founded in March, 1999 by a group of some of the most influential figures from both the scientific and applications sides of the field. This panel discussion will be led by several of those early founders, discussing a range of topics – from the past, present, and future of remote viewing, to questions raised by our conference attendees. Truly a highlight of the 2020 conference!
IRVA 2020 – The Past The Present and Future of Remote Viewing
Albert Einstein once said: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow!” This quote has a direct meaning for remote viewing: we cannot live in the past and we can only speculate about the future, but we can live in the present and ask questions about both past and future! As we conclude 20 years of IRVA, we need to ask how and where we go forward with the organization. This question will be approached with historical, research and operational examples.
Einstein also said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Questioning alludes to research and the pursuit of new information and knowledge. We also question when we formulate a remote viewing tasking asking “when, where, who, why and how?”: searching for new and unknown information about previous and current unknowns.
What do I envision for the future of remote viewing? Certainly, the continuation and expansion of individuals, groups and institutions carrying out operational missions, both humanitarian and paid. An increase in training schools to not only focus on the basics proposed by Ingo Swann and Hal Puthoff but, also bringing in innovations in learning theory and practice. Maybe, merging AI and technology with the basic teachings? Perhaps merging esoteric approaches, however controversial, to enhance non-linear data access? The future is an open book!
IRVA 2016 – Tasker Expectation, Telepathic Overlay, and “The Romance of the Skies”
In November of 1957, the Pan American Clipper The Romance of the Skies, a Boeing Stratocruiser, disappeared on route to Hawaii. Only minimal wreckage was recovered. There was evidence of a severe fire either before or during the crash event on the exterior of the cabin and one of the wings. Twenty-five of the 44 victims were never recovered and have disappeared forever beneath the Pacific Ocean’s waves. Why did The Romance of the Skies plunge into the ocean? Multiple theories developed. The most exotic involved a UFO, since the aircraft’s crew had reported an anomalous aerial encounter just a couple of years earlier. More likely, though, was the possibility of mechanical failure. But there was equal reason to suspect sabotage from either of two individuals–one known to be aboard, and one who was supposed to be. But neither body was ever found. Both had reason to not want the aircraft to make it to Hawaii. Over the course of several months from late 2015 to early 2016, 17 remote viewers were separately blind-tasked to remote view the circumstances of the crash of The Romance of the Skies. Their efforts returned remarkably similar results. Although the various theories as to what happened to the aircraft were known to the clients, the sponsor, and the director of the project, the viewers were fully blind and unwitting as to the nature of the tasking. The similarity of their results, along with additional evidence from the viewer’s sessions suggests that expectation and telepathic overlay may have played a role in generating similarities seen between and among their sessions, sketches and models. Join Angela Thompson Smith as she unravels for you this apparent case of telepathic and expectation-based overlay and explains what can be done about it to distinguish the actual data from the overlay and what can be done to prevent these problems in future remote viewing projects.
IRVA 2015 – Remote Viewing In Humanitarian Aid Work
On Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 at 4:53 in the afternoon, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, with an epicenter 26 kilometers west of the capital city Port-au-Prince. The earthquake changed everything and more than 20,000 people were reported killed.
Along with many other structures in Port-au-Prince, the Hotel Montana was reduced to rubble and many people were reported missing: both locals and visitors. The day after the earthquake 200 of the 300 Hotel Montana guests were reported missing. Some of the organizations that had members missing were staff and peacekeepers from the United Nations, the Canadian government, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Included in the missing were two humanitarian workers, Walt Ratterman and Herbert(Herb) Kanzki.
News of the Haiti earthquake reached Las Vegas, the next day, and prompted an inter-group effort to form a team to locate the missing men who were known to have been visiting the Hotel Montana. The project was requested by the Ratterman family, and headed by Donn Hopkins from Las Vegas who coordinated with the Nevada Remote Viewing Group (NRVG) in Boulder City, NV. The remains of the two men were eventually recovered and identified on February 7th, 2010. The remote viewing methods and protocols, including ERV and map dowsing, used to help locate the two men will be presented.
IRVA 2014 – Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan and the Electra
Mention the name “Amelia” and most people recognize the aviatrix Amelia Mary Earhart who disappeared on July 2, 1937. Information about her disappearance and that of her navigator Fred Noonan and their plane, was accessed by a group of trained remote viewers known as the Nevada Remote Viewing Group (NRVG). The information found by the NRVG could shed some light on what may have happened to Amelia, Fred and the Electra.
History notes that Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean for which she received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross. She set many other records and wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences.
During an attempt to make a circumnavigation flight of the globe in 1937 in a Lockheed Model 10 Electra (NR16020), Earhart disappeared, along with her navigator Fred Noonan, over the Pacific Ocean. Intensive land, sea and air searches,at that time, failed to locate them.
This project demonstrates how a group of trained remote viewers contributed “blind-coordinate” tasked data that provided important information that could contribute to an understanding of what happened on that fateful journey. The data also points to events and locations that could be important to the Earhart story.
The presentation is supplemented with feedback from conventional sources that supports much of the remote viewing data. In addition, the NRVG had the opportunity to connect with an American professional living and working on the Island of Saipan in the Marianas Islands; “Our Man on the Ground” who provided the group with important feedback.
IRVA 2012 – Practical Applications of RV: The Denver “DJ” Murder Case
In 2006, a group of trained remote viewers was tasked with the disappearance of a popular radio DJ: Steven B. Williams. Coordinate-driven data indicated that the missing man was deceased and helped identify the body when it was retrieved from the ocean. Minimal front-loading then identified personality descriptors that supplemented police evidence against suspect William Morrow, who was later apprehended, tried and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2011. This report briefly outlines the history of the project from tasking to closure and provides supplemental information about the murder and that Morrow may have had accomplices.
The use of remote viewing in assisting police work has a long history and includes the work of such notables as Bevy Jaegers, Noreen Renier and Pam Coronado.Past work by the Nevada Remote Viewing Group has assisted in helping to locate and retrieve a missing Salt Lake City girl, helped to locate two men killed in the Hotel Montana during the Haiti earthquake and many other cases. In view of its past track record, a colleague RK requested help from the group in the summer of 2006.
Stephen B. Williams, a famous Denver radio DJ had been out of communication with RK for about a month and RK was becoming concerned for his friend’s whereabouts and safety. Using a “blind” coordinate ATS identified a location consisting of brackish water (salt mixed with fresh), an estuary, seaweed and nearby land. RK was reluctant to believe that his friend was deceased and asked for additional assistance from other trained viewers within the group.
Further “blind” tasking of three viewers: LM, GR and DW was carried out. LM’s data confirmed the brackish water and seaweed and named a location as “Santa Barbara.” The group was given minimal feedback that this was a “missing male” and further remote viewing data indicated that Williams may have been murdered, probably on land and disposed of in the ocean.
Stephen B. Williams and his sister had recently come into a fortune from their deceased father. A colleague of Williams, William Morrow, had promised to invest the money offshore and had arranged to take Williams on as ship’s cook on Morrow’s yacht which was docked in San Pedro, CA.
Williams’ body was eventually found floating in the ocean on the landward side of Catalina Island, off the coast of southern California: he had been shot in the head. It was estimated that he had been in the ocean for several weeks. When the yacht’s GPS unit was located, data indicated that William’s body may have been dropped overboard on the ocean side of Catalina, drifted north past Santa Barbara Island to the land side of Catalina where it was retrieved by a fishing boat that was in the area.During this time RK was. in LA and saw a TV report of the retrieval of an “unknown body” off Catalina and was able to conclude from the RV data that this was his friend Stephen B. Williams. Calling the Coroner’s Office, RK was able to provide identifying information about Williams, including the fact that he had missing fingers on one hand. Identifying information was also provided by other friends of Williams.
RK requested a personality profile of one of Williams’ friends, William Morrow, providing a picture coordinate as the only front-loading: the data provided by ATS matched that later supplied by the detectives on the case. Morrow was found to have a criminal history and was a “con man”. Morrow was named as a possible suspect by the police and his yacht was searched. During the course of the investigation, Morrow disappeared. He was later apprehended in Montana and returned to California to stand trial. Despite a mistrial he was convicted of the murder of Stephen B. Williams in 2011.
Data that was inconsistent with the known facts of the case indicated that Williams may have been first apprehended, perhaps even killed, on land in a secluded, wooded area and that there were at least two accomplices to the murder: a woman and a Hispanic male. Further assistance is being given to the California authorities to assess this data and provide further assistance.
IRVA 2006 – Remote Viewing Around the World:International Claims about Remote Viewing
Noting that interested Americans hear a lot about remote viewing in the United States, Angela Thompson Smith explores current remote viewing efforts elsewhere in the world. She first offers a brief sketch of the history of American remote viewing and a mention of the better-known international ESP research. Next Dr. Smith discusses lesser-known news media accounts, such as those from India, where such sources as the Indian Daily have not only published historical articles about Buddhist monks’ use of early remote viewing skills, but also numerous stories about Indian intelligence use of remote viewing and how they claim to have partnered RV with other technologies to achieve added success. Dr. Smith continues her survey by discussing media reports from China, especially about their psychic children, and from Pravda, Russia’s main newspaper, reporting on some of Russia’s storied history in pursuing ESP-related human technologies. Angela rounds out her talk with a brief account of work in the United Kingdom, a few further considerations of RV in America, along with some final thoughts.
IRVA 2004 – Predictions: What’s the Point?
Contrary to popular definitions, the term, “to predict”, comes from Latin roots that are combinations of the action verbs “to tell” and “before”. Literally to tell about something before it happens. The modern definition of prediction relates to the personal belief that something will happen in the future. Nothing in the definition talks about whether the predictions actually come to pass or their validity or reliability.
Prior to the emergence of the psychological school of Behaviorism, at the turn of the last century, predictions played an important role in everyday life. People made educated guesses about future events that were crucial to decision making, avoidance of future calamities, and planning for the future. Historically, certain individuals, who were better able to make guesses about future events, were often consulted as experts. They were often venerated as seers, oracles, augurs, prophets, and soothsayers.
Behaviorism’s tenets require that human behavior be scrutinized using statistical proofs that look at outward behaviors rather than personal experience. Basically, “if it cannot be measured, it does not exist.” Under Behaviorism the whole concept of human consciousness came under scrutiny and the topic became taboo to researchers. Current scientific studies still use Behaviorist tools to evaluate predictions. Parapsychologists have adopted Behaviorist standards for judging predictive data and critics point out a lack of corroborative evidence, poor record keeping and claiming success “after the fact” as poor science. Predictions are often evaluated on a pass/fail basis rather than on their overall value to society and the individual.
So, what is the point of predicting anything? Does it matter that not all predictions come to pass? Predictions are notoriously difficult to study. Is there any value at all in disciplines, such as remote viewing, continuing to carry out predictive work?
Over the past year, the Nevada Remote Viewing Group has been working with a major client who has tasked the NRVG team with a variety of projects, some of which were predictive in nature. These predictive projects have been valuable to the client in guiding his company as major changes have been envisioned, planned, and implemented. These predictions were extensively documented at various locations, including the Copyright Office, and multiple predictions have been followed up to evaluate their value both to the client and to society. These findings will be presented.
IRVA 2002 – Thinking Outside the Box:Remote Viewing as an Intelligence Gathering Tool — Post 9/11 Applications
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001 individuals who were working within agencies and departments of the United States Government unofficially approached remote viewers for help in finding the perpetrators of the 9/11 bombings. They also requested assistance in locating and identifying the individuals or groups mailing letters containing anthrax, and sought information that might prevent future terrorist attacks. It soon became clear from contact with these government groups, and from articles written by the media, that there was a lack of accurate information about remote viewing, how it was carried out, and what it could be used for. To provide remote viewers with a concise and practical tool that they could present to individuals, groups, and the media, a Power Point presentation was developed.
This presentation covers the basics of remote viewing including how RV was developed and descriptions and examples of remote viewing methods. The results of a study of remote viewing and actual test sessions, as well as examples of commercial applications were included. The presentation also contains information about pre-9/11 predictions of the disasters. In October and November of 2001, The Nevada Group, comprised of trained remote viewers around the United States, was blind-tasked with questions from a government agency regarding 9/11, the anthrax mailings, and future terrorist attacks. These findings will be presented.
IRVA 2001 – Detection of Non-local Consciousness:Catching Remote Viewers in the Act
The goal of this double-blind study was to investigate certain aspects of Human Consciousness that include the topic of Remote Viewing. Characteristics of the remote viewing phenomenon and of the individuals doing the viewing were investigated. In particular, variables such as gender, age, type and length of training, the trait of absorption, and range of handedness were evaluated. Other variables such as distance, time, and sidereal time might also shed light on remote viewing performance. The output of a random number generator, that ran during the time the viewers were accessing their targets, was correlated with remote viewing “success.” The results of this study will be reported along with examples of remote viewing sessions and suggestions for further research.
IRVA 2000 – Feedback After The Fact In An Operational Remote Viewing Session: The Antoine De Saint-Exupery Project