Correspondent Matt Farwell couldn’t make heads or tails of Tom DeLonge’s double-talk, and he noted dryly that To the Stars happily let DeLonge blather incoherently to Farwell but wouldn’t let their supposed big guns, like Hal Puthoff and Christopher Mellon, face questions from someone who wasn’t a sycophantic supporter of the company’s obscure mission.
The most interesting part of the article, though, is the admission that To the Stars is the final, absurd outgrowth of a series of programs and initiatives that all began because an ex-Nazi working for the U.S. government at midcentury believed his grandmother had psychic powers.
Really, you can’t make this stuff up. The hyperlinks are from the original:
Russell Targ is a pioneering physicist whose early career advanced humanity’s understanding of lasers, but he’s best known for the decade he spent studying extrasensory perception, or ESP, and psychic abilities with Stanford-trained electrical engineer Harold “Hal” Puthoff—who co-founded To The Stars with Tom DeLonge and now sits on the group’s executive board. Living consciousnesses, you see, can be separated spatially by thousands of miles but may have no psychic distance between them, and “the most remarkable thing we were able to do is to get the CIA to let us study that for twenty years,” Targ said in a 2015 lecture about his and Puthoff’s research into “remote viewing.” Much of their work—performed at the Stanford Research Institute, the same place that made SIRI on your iPhone—focused on the psychic abilities of mentalists like spoon-bending Uri Geller. Geller was shown on multiple occasions to be a fraud yet still somehow managed to secure steady streams of funding from oil and mining companies to act as a psychic dowsing rod.
So, there you have it. Once again, decades of ridiculous boondoggles and pseudoscientific nonsense came about because one guy held an unscientific belief and had the power to act on it. It’s always the Nazis in the end, isn’t it?
Given that DeLonge has been making noise on Twitter again about UFOs not being alien but something more supernatural, it’s rather plain that To the Stars, under Hal Puthoff’s influence, continues down the path of hunting space poltergeists in the hope of finding an escape hatch from reality to reach an imaginary transcendence sanctified by the holy Government’s divine writ.
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