Rational Inquiry -Volume 7 Number 4
Remote Viewing, Prudence, and SDARI
By Keith Taylor
Can Prudence Calabrese travel the universe using only her mind? Did she predict the World Trade Center disaster back in 1997?
No self-respecting SDARI member would give such questions a second thought, but San Diego’s Cable Channel 4 did. Perhaps because of a recent spate of stories that Operation Star Gate will be resurrected, the station best known for running Padres games had to check it out. Not only that, on behalf of SDARI, I got 22 seconds of air time to provide what they called "balance."
Balance I tried. Host Jack Gates asked me questions and politely listened to my comments, about twenty minutes worth. Most, of course, were cut. It wasn’t new territory for me. I had written an article about remote viewing for Navy Times, and it’s being passed around a syndicate now.
Among my suggestions were that he not accept any prediction that is merely general. Vague generalities should be challenged. A prediction should contain dates, time, place, names. That would seem proper. What is it worth otherwise? Claims of past successes should be examined closely. Proof should be required.
Of course an interesting subject isn’t one who is challenged to the point where she looks impotent. It is one with lots of exciting things to tell us. Prudence had eye-popping exciting things to say. She had not only "predicted" the WTC disaster, but has called the next one. They’re going to go after a place with lots of people present. I would rather have her tell us where "they" were and how we could find them pronto.
My most trenchant comment (that got on the air) was that I had no reason to believe her. The word "heresy" was made for guys like me. I had earlier suggested to host Jack Gates that he ask for some proof that the drawing she showed one of the twin towers under attack was made before the event. He didn’t, and I have to remain skeptical.
Calabrese did give Gates a demonstration of her powers. He was asked to think of a momentous event in history and write it down. His offering was "Charles Lindberg’s arrival in France on the first trans-Atlantic flight 1927." She and her crew of fourteen full-time remote viewers concentrated, listened to soothing music, wrinkled their collective brows, and camp up with the idea that it involved one person being watched by many.
It would have been even more effective if they had visualized Paris, Lindberg, airplane, ocean, 33 ˝ hours without sleep, his shoe size. . . something a bit more specific. But pseudo-science acts in mysterious ways, and as she said, "I might have visualized a submarine or Mars or something."
I do wish he’d asked her directly if she was actually hired by the FBI or CIA. She sounded like a whole lot of soothsayers when she almost said she was, but didn't quite make that commitment. If she’d said yes, I’d like to have seen him ask her who she talked to. That hinting seemed a bit vague to me, but then I’m a skeptic after all.
I’d liked to also hear of how much money she rakes in. Gates sounded a bit vague himself when he said she charged clients hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars for consultation. A good prediction would be that those clients, and the fees they are charged, will multiply if she can wrangle enough publicity from credulous TV shows.
I also wish I'd shaved closer before appearing on camera.
Keith Taylor is a frequent contributor to the SDARI newsletter, former President of SDARI, and current acts as Program Director.