The Stargate Project

The Stargate Project

April 29, 2021 Parapsychology 0

The project was originally a United States Army and Defense Intelligence Agency project established in 1978. The purpose of the Stargate Project was to explore psychic phenomena and the remote viewing phenomenon. One goal of the project was to determine if psychics could be used for intelligence gathering purposes, as well as provide insight on other topics such as UFOs, OVNIs, and psychic warfare.

The program was declassified in 1995 but has largely remained classified due to possible embarrassment from public release of material that may be seen as ridiculous or unscientific or by serving no intelligence purpose.

Public access is limited to officially released documents pertaining only to matters not deemed sensitive or still classified.

Participants in the project were individually investigated, and tested in various ways. One of these tests was known as “the Ganzfeld Experiment” – a term coined by SRI researchers Elisabeth Targ and Russell Targ. Another was the use of an automatized electroencephalograph, or EEG. The research program included a component that allowed for the monitoring of remote target sites in real time, but this was discontinued due to lack of funding following the end of the Cold War.

The Ganzfeld Experiment is a technique used by parapsychologists to test individuals for extrasensory perception (ESP). In the experiment, the “receiver” or subject is isolated from visual and auditory input while being monitored via EEG. At some point during the isolation, a “sender” or “agent” views or thinks about a random stimulus (the target), then attempts to send that information to the receiver by transmitting it mentally.

The technique was developed by SRI International and it was determined that gifted subjects were able to successfully view and describe a target that had been randomly selected from a pool of 3,000 photographs. Successful experiments have also been conducted with live targets.

An automatized electroencephalograph, or EEG , is a device for measuring brain activity. It works by placing electrodes on the scalp and recording the electrical activity of the brain using those electrodes.

The EEG was used to develop pattern-recognition software in order to monitor a remote, known as the “Agent”. This Agent could be presented with a randomly chosen code consisting of four random numbers (which corresponded to a symbol on a screen). After setting up his own states of consciousness, beginning with an alpha state and ending with either an Theta state or sleep, if the Agent were able to send this information (the symbols) via ESP, it would be measured as signals on the receiver’s EEG.

Modern versions of the Stargate Project include the Remote Viewing program run by the United States Army and also the more recent Science Applications International Corporation’s Stargate Project.

SRI Project Stargate is one of many operations to study human potential for psychic abilities funded by U.S. government agencies. In 1972, the Office of Naval Research began its own investigation into parapsychology known as Project SEA ORCHID. The CIA became involved in funding parapsychology research with Project SCANATE in the 1970s, headed by Ray Hyman, who worked with scientists such as M. Lamar Keene, Ingo Swann and Pat Price to determine whether extrasensory perception existed and to develop techniques for utilizing ESP for military and domestic purposes.

Project SCANATE was terminated in 1995 after Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain published their book, “The Beast front the Sea: The next key to a new understanding of human nature”, which exposed many details concerning Project SCANATE.

These publications discussed the CIA-funded project and made public many documents included in the United States government report on it.