Seeing or sensing remote objects clairvoyantly using an 'inner eye', or allegedly though out-of-body travel, it is a skill claimed by shamans in Tibet, Siberia, Africa and India for centuries.
In the eighteenth century Emanuel Swedenborg was renowned for his remote visions; in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries mesmerists discovered that many of their hypnotized subjects could give detailed accounts of distant locations, or could 'see' into other people's bodies or brains (see Mesmer and Hypnosis).
In the late nineteenth century psychic investigators of the Society of Psychical Research in London conducted many experiments into 'traveling clairvoyance' with subjects who closed their eyes, were blindfolded or even blind.
In the 1970s two American physicists, Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff, established a project in Stanford to exploit data amassed by previous research and to conduct further experiments into the phenomena. They concluded that remote viewing was occurred naturally in many people's lives and that it was possible to train people as remote viewers, regardless of innate psychic abilities. Subjects could be taught to 'visit' a location and accurately describe buildings, people and natural features.
Intelligence agencies, such as the CIA and KGB, are now known to have used remote viewers to help penetrate the iron Curtain during the Cold War.
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