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Marina Weiler is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS), University of Virginia. She’s a trained neuroscientist with a background in neuroimaging, brain stimulation, and basic neuroscience. Marina’s contributions to the field have earned her prestigious awards from institutions such as Fundação Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES, Brazil), the Brazilian Academy of Neurology, the National Institutes of Health (NIH, U.S.), the Templeton World Charity Foundation, and the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Research.

Abstract: Beyond Physical Senses: Remote Viewing and its Implications for Theories of Consciousness

Description: Remote viewing is a practice that involves attempting to gather information about distant or unseen subjects by using the mind’s purported ability to sense and perceive such information. It suggests that human beings may possess the capacity to perceive imagery and obtain impressions of remote geographical locations without relying on their ordinary physical senses. Despite its controversial and often disregarded status, remote viewing has been the subject of extensive research dating back to the 1970s when the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) conducted a program sponsored by various government agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

However, perhaps the most captivating aspect of remote viewing lies in the suggestion that our minds can access information and perceive imagery beyond the limitations of our physical senses, challenging the conventional understanding of human perception and raising profound questions about the nature of human consciousness. If remote viewing is indeed a genuine phenomenon, it implies that our consciousness may have the ability to perceive events beyond conventional sensory perception (i.e., consciousness is non-local). Consequently, this study is dedicated to conducting a comprehensive literature review on remote viewing research, exploring its historical roots, and engaging in speculative discourse regarding its implications for human consciousness. Furthermore, the study aspires to offer forward-looking perspectives to researchers in the field, envisioning a path where further exploration of remote viewing could yield valuable insights into the genuine nature of human consciousness and its yet-unexplored capabilities.