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Declassified and Approved For Release 2014/01/09: CIA-RDP79-00999A000200010021-2 THE NEW YORK TIMES. 1)4/1,2f)NLM Y, NOVKAII:i:R 6, /974 t, semmeem. ettr 3LOVk Tintco Founded in 1851 ADOLPH S. OCHS, Publisher 1898-1M ARTHUR HAYS SULZBERGER, Publisher 18.15?1881 ORVIL E. DRYFOOS, Publisher 1981-1883 ARTHUR OCHS SULZBERGER Publisher ? JAMES RESTON, Vice President JOHN B. ?Arms, Editorial Page Editor A. H. RASKIN, Assistant Editorial Page Editor A. M. ROSENTHAL, Managing Edit Or SEYMOUR TorriNG, A se iotan t Managing Editor MAX FRANKEL, Sunday Editor JACK ROSENTHAL, Assistant Sunday Editor ? CHARLOTTE CURTIS, Associate Editor CLIFTON DANIEL, A aseeiate Editor TOM WICKER, Asnociate Editor ? Paranormal Science The scientific community has been put on notice "that there is something worthy of their attention and scru- tiny" in the possibilities of extra-sensory perception. With those words the respected British jourlal "Nature" called on scientists to join?or refute?mililons of non- scientists who believe human tonsciousry ;s has more capabilities for real perception than the fik e senses. Last month "Nature" published a report of experi- ments at the Electronics and Bioengineerin; Laboratory of the Stanford Research Institute which concluded that information can be transferred and obtained, in the researchers' words, "by means of an as yet unidentified perceptual modality." In an accompanying editorial the magazine's editors conceded that this wt's a "high-risk" paper to publish, partly because one of the subjects was a performing magician named Uri Geller, whose reputa- tion is deeply clouded by suspicions of fakery. But the point of the Stanford experiments was not any alleged clairvoyant ability of Mr. Geller; on the contrary, the authors conclude that "it may be that remote percep- tual ability is widely distributed in the general popula- tion, but because the' perception is general'y below an Individual's level of awareness, it is repressed or not noticed." Scientific orthodoxy has grown increasingly remote from the interests and beliefs of a generation of Ameri- cans. Apart from the junky "pop-occult" literature, the shelves of any college bookstore give testimony to the Interest in serious but long neglected thinkers from early in the century, like Gurdjieff and Ouspens!cy, up to contemporary Writers as diverse as William Irwin Thompson and Carlos Castaneda. The epithet "non- scientific" is no longer a sure t to oblivion. ? Perhaps an analogy can be drawn with the .re:ictions ' of big industry to new energy sources; lile unorthodox ideas, these tend to be dismissed for their incompatibility with the existing patterns of investment and thought. The energy industry at least has capital plants and markets to protect: the essence of science should be receptivity to new ideas. The editors of "Nature" have taken an important step ? to stimulate scientific discourse, openly posing the issue Declassified and Approved For Release 2014/01/09: CIA-RDP79-00999A000200010021-2 EDITORIAL OFFICE MEMORANDUM ? STA'NFOR6 UNIVERSITY ? OFFICE MEMORANDUM ? STANFORD UNIVERSITY ? OFFICE MEMORANDUP1 Declassified and Approved For Release 2014/01/09: CIA-RDP79-00999A000200010021-2 DATE: 19 November 74 To Russell Targ, Stanford Research Institute Hal Puthoff, Stanford Research Institute FROM : SUBJECT: Lt. Walter Konar, Investigations Stanford Department of Public Safety Homicide Case #SR74-2163 Re: Hella HAMMID Confirming my telephone conversation with Russell Targ, Tuesday, November 19, 1974, 1000 hrs., I am writing a brief synopsis of my observations of Hell& HAMMID in connection with the observations/impressions that she provided on the after- noon of November 6th, 1974 at the Stanford Memorial Church. Hella HAMMID provided a series of accurate and precise impressions of events, locations and descriptions of factual evidentiary knowledge, which in most cases, were never revealed to the press or news media and known only by the six officers of the homicide investigating team. 5 4 3 2 2 2 Upon entering the church, Hella precisely indicated a series of pews as the ; location where the victim sat. The investigating team determined that the victim t did in fact sit in that area prior to her death. (This location has never been publicized.) Hella then proceeded to the East apse and declared that the homicide occurred in that area. (This 77as correct; however, this fact was publicized in the c media). Additionally, Hella provided a very precise and accurate description of , the victim, including height, weight, clothing etc. (The description of the victim carried by the news media showed only an old photograph; there was never any 3 mention of a physical description or clothing.) 3 Hella was questioned regarding the weapon and the manner of death. She precisely indicated an area (left base of skull) which was exactly the point of entry of the 2 lethal wound. She indicated an absence of a weapon and a very "clean murder"; 3 again, this observation on the"weaponless aspect" is most significant because the location of the stab wound was never made public and at the time of the initial investigation, no weapon was found, however at the post-mortem examination the ; weapon was found imbedded in the victim's skull and brain. 2 2 Having been present at the time Hella made her observations and impressions, and c being a member of the investigating team, I acknowledge that Hella has a remark- able ability to accurately describe locations and specific evidentiary facts con- nected with a crime which occurred approximately two weeks earlier, of which cer- = tain facts were never made public. -4 Walter S. Konar kk) Lieutenant Declassified and Approved For Release 2014/01/09: CIA-RDP79-00999A000200010021-2 3: