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Lair of the Beasts: Creatures of the Psychic Kind
ESP in Animals
By Nick Redfern
December 08, 2012
For decades, the US Defense intelligence Agency has delved deep into the mysterious worlds of psychic phenomena, extra-sensory perception, and the paranormal powers of the human brain. But, the DIA has also focused on the mind-skills of other living creatures beyond just us, the Human Race. Dogs have been a particular favorite of the DIA, and even more so the many psychic hounds of the former Soviet Union.
It was 1975 when the strange canine caper kicked-off, and, unsurprisingly, it was initiated to try and secretly determine if studying the presumed supernatural skills of Soviet dogs might provide the US Government with some sort of military-based and espionage-themed advantage over the Russians.
In a report titled Telepathy in Animals the DIA began: “Soviet research on telepathy in animals in the 1920s and 1930s was devoted largely to proving that telepathy between man and animals did indeed exist. A good example of the early Soviet approach was research conducted by V.I.M. Bekhterev of Leningrad University. In collaboration with a circus performer, V.L. Bekhterev reported that trained dogs successfully solved arithmetic problems and identified or retrieved objects solely on the basis of their trainer’s mental suggestion.”
The DIA was careful to note, however, that the test-results were, in at least some cases, apparently reliant upon the relevant circus performer being present at all times. In other words, when the handlers were not around, the dogs did not do quite so well as when they were present.
This did not, however, lead the DIA to think that outright fakery was at work. Rather, it simply inspired those working on the project to dig ever deeper and figure out why this should have been so.
The DIA learned from its careful and secret study of Soviet research in this particular field that Bekheterev’s initial goal had been to prove – based upon his personal suspicions - that ESP between people and dogs resulted from “some form of electromagnetic radiation,” or EMR, as it is known.
And it was a theory that continued to be pursued for years by Soviet scientists, as the DIA noted in its report: “The EMR theory of information transfer is still unresolved by the Soviets, but is still the major basis underlying much of their research.”
Thirty years after Bekheterev was hard at work trying to crack the secrets of how successful mind-to-mind contact could be achieved between humans and dogs, Soviet research was still at full throttle. That same research was delving into near-uncharted and mysterious waters, too, as the DIA’s findings made amply clear:
“In 1962 B.S. Kazhinskiy advanced the theory that animals are capable of visual and aural perception and reflex understanding of the behavior of other animals or humans. He postulated that this ability resulted from the capacity of one animal to detect analyze, and synthesize signal-stimuli given off by another animal.”
Or, as Kazhinskiy preferred it himself: a “bioradiational sight ray.”
If Kazhinskiy’s conclusions concerning both visual and aural perception were genuine, suggested the DIA, then the startling possibility could not be ruled out that not only dogs, but the entire animal kingdom of our planet, possessed psychic powers that were far in advance of anything the likes of which the average human could boast.
Then, bringing matters right up to 1975, the DIA recorded that a Soviet scientist, one A.S. Presman had concluded that so-called “electromagnetic signaling” was universal between animals, but not, unfortunately, amongst the Human Race, which, - Presman speculated – “may have lost the capability for such communication as a result of evolution and the development of verbal and artificial communication channels.”
The DIA concluded that, by the mid-seventies, Russian studies of animal-based ESP were far in advance of just about anything and everything that had been afoot in previous decades. Noting that the terms “ESP and “telepathy” were, by then, rarely used by Soviet scientists, the DIA reported that the early research of the 1920s and 1930s had been replaced by “sophisticated research protocols which study complex interactions between man, animals and plants.”
And, with that above-statement in mind, it is worth considering one final point. The Defense Intelligence Agency’s report was written nearly forty-years ago and summed up what was known about such matters back then.
This surely begs an important question that may have a major bearing upon national security matters in the second decade of the 21st Century: what could the Russians be working on, today, of an amazing, animal-espionage nature that we don’t know about?
Nick Redfern is the author of many books on paranormal subjects, including his two latest releases: Monster Diary and Wildman.