From ForteanTimes.com: Dr Hal Puthoff has been conducting serious scientific research at the frontiers of knowledge for over a quarter of a century.
In 1972, he and colleague Russell
Targ, while researching lasers at the Stanford Research Institute, were
asked by Edgar Mitchell to test the alleged psychic abilities of Uri
Geller. Their paper caused something of a storm when it was published
in the science journal Nature. The paper and relevant articles are linked to the bottom of this page.
Puthoff was instrumental in setting up and running the US Government's
controversial Remote Viewing programme, which would continue for over
20 years beofre being made public in 1995.
Puthoff is investigating Zero Point Energy, a possibly limitless,
pollution-free energy source that could just change the our lives on
earth and propell humankind into deep space.
Could you describe, in layman's terms, your own current research into Zero Point Energy.
universally recognize that so-called empty space, even the vacuum of
outer space, is not truly empty, but is the seat of energetic field
processes, sort of the electromagnetic equivalent of froth at the base
of a waterfall. (The term "zero-point" simply means that if the
universe were cooled down to absolute zero where all thermal agitation
effects would be frozen out, this energy would still remain.) What is
not as well known, however, even among practicing physicists, are all
the implications that derive from this known aspect o quantum physics.
However, there are a group of physicists - - myself and colleagues at
several research labs and universities - - who are examining the
details, We ask such questions as whether it might be possible to
"mine" this reservoir of energy for use as an alternative energy
source, or whether this background energy field might be responsible
for inertia and gravity. These questions are of interest because it is
known that this energy can be manipulated, and therefore there is the
possibility that the control of this energy, and possibly inertia and
gravity, might yield to engineering solutions. Some progress has been
made in a subcategory of this field (cavity quantum electrodynamics)
with regard to controlling the emission rates of excited atoms and
molecules, of interest in laser research and elsewhere.
How close do you think you might be, in your own research, to some kind of breakthrough?
Predicting when a breakthrough in a scientific field will occur is like
throwing darts to choose your stocks! The only thing that can be said
with any certainty is that it probably won't occur if you don't work on
the problem. That said, one hopes that within a decade or two some
significant progress will be made, even if only incrementally.
Other than space travel, what kinds of applications do you imagine your own work might be used in?
With regard to the potential tapping of zero-point energy, if it were
found that significant energy could be generated, then application to
earthbound problems would be foremost. Because of the increasing
possibility of water shortages in various parts of the world, if ZPE
energy generation were competitive with current resources, I would see
water desalinization as being a major application. The possibility of
the use of ZPE to reduce fossil fuel pollution for transportation would
also be attractive, again, if economical.
Have you had any response from fossil fuels companies about your work? Are they doing any research in this area?
had an opportunity to brief the Presidents and Research Directors of
several of the major oil companies on the potential promise of
zero-point energy as an alternative energy resource. Contrary to the
"urban myth," they said they would welcome such a breakthrough because
the use of fossil fuels for cars and heating had a very low profit
margin as compared to its use for manufacturing plastics,
pharmaceuticals, etc. They likened it to heating your house by burning
Picassos and van Goghs.
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