Ingo Swann

Ingo Swann

Ingo Swann was the discoverer and original developer of the remote viewing protocol. Already a widely-collected artist and an accomplished intuitive, Mr. Swann remote viewed the interior workings of a sophisticated quark detector in the physics department at Stanford University, the report of which attracted the interest of the CIA and led to the founding of the consciousness research program at SRI-International from which the military remote viewing program later sprang. Mr. Swann worked with Dr. Harold Puthoff at the SRI lab to create controlled remote viewing (CRV), which provides the foundation for the majority of remote viewing methods in use today, none of which has been able thus far to surpass it in effectiveness.

Detailed Biography:

Science felt a small ripple when, in 1973, a parapsychologist Dr. Gertrude Schmeidler reported the extraordinary success, the first of its kind, of a mind-over-matter experiment. Ingo Swann, using only his mind, repeatedly had been able to cause controlled temperature changes in a sealed, distant vacuum. It could now be seen that the human mind was capable of extending its powers beyond the confines of the brain.

Time (4/23/73) wondered if Swann’s powers were more dangerous than the atomic bomb. The Smithsonian (6/73) speculated on the source of Swann’s talents when it reported that, at Stanford University, he had “apparently altered the performance of a deeply buried, heavily shielded magnetometer for 30-second periods through use of PK, and by the ‘looking into’ the device and describing its mechanisms.” Horizon (Winter/74), Time (3/4/74), and Newsweek (3/4/74) surmised that Swann’s lab-confirmed PK and clairvoyant powers required a rethinking concerning the importance of psychic giftedness.

After 1974, Swann’s participation in research became more vigorous. He became an intensively studied guinea pig at the famous think-tank, Stanford Research Institute, and worked with dozens of other researchers in the U.S. and Europe. John Wilhelm, in his 1976 book, The Search for Superman, indicated that “Ingo Swann flies straight out of Star Maker…His results are remarkable.” In Germany, Esotera (12/12/76) termed Swann the foremost superpsychic of PSI research in American. The Readers’ Digest (9/77) reported that recent research confirmed that Swann, in remote-viewing experiments, could “go” to any spot in the globe and sketch correctly roads and buildings just as they are at that point.

McCalls wondered if Swann’s abilities could be used for psychic spying, as did The San Francisco Examiner (2/10/77), The Washington Post (9/7/77), and columnist Jack Anderson writing about the ESP Gap between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. New Times(3/3/78) speculated that Swann had become a psychic superweapon. In November 1978, Swann was the featured banquet speaker at the annual meeting of the U.S. Army Material Systems Analysis Activity. After 1978, although extensive publicity continued, Swann’s ongoing work became shrouded in a cloak of secrecy.

In 1987, Swann published Natural ESP: A Layman’s Guide to Unlocking the Extra-Sensory Powers of the Mind, a Bantam New Age Book. His prior books are:

  • To Kiss Earth Good-bye (Hawthorne, 1974);
  • Cosmic Art (Hawthorne, 1975);
  • Star Fire (Dell, 1978).

He has published articles on psychic abilities, visionary art, and consciousness research. In 1988, he completed a tour of lectures in Germany and Canada, with essays appearing in Italy, France, and Germany.

Born in the Colorado Rockies, 14 September 1933, Swann earned in 1955 a B.A. degree in biology after which, in Korea, he served on the staff of the Commander of the Pacific Forces, Gen. I.D. White. In 1958, he accepted a position at the United Nations where he worked in varying capacities until 1969. In 1970, he entered full-time parapsychological and psychoenergetics research, becoming an acknowledged, innovative researcher in these frontier sciences. Swann is also an artist of some renown, his works having been collected by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Today, Ingo Swann is internationally known as an advocate and researcher of the exceptional powers of the human mind, and as a leading figure in governmental and scientific projects to investigate and identify the scope of subtle human perceptions.

Since 1970, his name and work have been incorporated into most contemporary books about PSI and the paranormal.

He was featured in four volumes of Time-Life’s best-selling series entitled Mysteries of the Unknown. His contributive work has achieved broad media notice. Featured in every major American/British television documentary on the subject of PSI phenomena and Remote Viewing, Swann has been interviewed and/or profiled in dozens of magazines, including Time, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian,and Newsweek.

Swann’s early work in parapsychology, as a noted and highly successful guinea pig, made him a psychic superstar in that field. His subsequent research on behalf of American intelligence interest, including that of the CIA, earned him top PSI-spy status.

His involvement in government research projects required the discovery of innovative approaches toward the actual realizing of subtle human energies. He views PSI powers as only parts of the larger spectrum of human sensing systems.

As advances are made in mapping the human genome, in genetic manipulation, in cybernetic mind-machine interfaces, and in the invention of increasingly smart machines, he predicts that broad strategic interest in exceptional human powers will emerge as a matter of operational importance.

Swann is the author of eleven books. Some have been translated into German, Polish, Dutch, Japanese, Turkish, and French.

Via the Internet and his award-winning website, the larger scope of Swann’s past and ongoing work continues to achieve international attention.

(Photo by: Dr. Elmar R. Gruber)


    IRVA 2006 – Human Super Sensitivities and the Future

    A fascinating presentation from Ingo Swann, legendary creator of the discipline we now know as remote viewing. Ingo’s scope is wide as he tells us of the need to overthrow the old models and ways of thinking about our psychic potential, to get outside our “reality boxes” that stifle our development, preventing us from seeing the bigger picture by keeping us too narrowly focused on smaller ones. Through stories, examples, and sly humor he at turns engages, chastises, and amuses the audience in his quest to lead them from point to point, eventually arriving at a greater realization of who they are and what their real place in the universe might be. Along the way he touches on the (missing) science of consciousness, the holographic universe, Dark Matter, and Sanskrit cosmology in a deeply philosophical exploration of the interpenetration of intuition, and human nature, and universe. Always accessible and down-to-earth, Ingo is at his best, embodying the essence of the practical mystic.

    IRVA 2004 – A Conversation with Ingo Swann

    Keynote presentation:

    Questions and answers with the conference audience.

    IRVA 2002 – Expanding the Information Base About Remote Viewing

    Keynote presentation:

    Ingo Swann is internationally recognized as the “father of remote viewing” and is this year’s featured speaker. Mr. Swann will present a two-part lecture on the history and practice of remote viewing. His historical lectures, titled Remote Viewing Viewed from the Outside and Remote Viewing Viewed from the Inside, promise to be exciting and informative.