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From: "pjgaenir" Date: Wed Mar 12, 2003 12:41 am Subject: TDS/LargerUniverse/Calabrese Essay (for Ref) pjgaenir Offline Offline Send Email Send Email Invite to Yahoo! 360 Invite to Yahoo! 360 I'm sorry, it was pointed out to me that I'm having a whole ongoing discussion about something that apparently isn't available on the web anymore, so those who didn't get to it and are trying to follow along here are not sure what I'm talking about. I don't normally copy others' stuff into a post but for the sake of clarity in discussion here, and reference in the archives, this is the text of the message that Prudence Calabrese posted on www.largeruniverse.org late on 3/3/03, and to which I'm gradually responding. -- PJ --------------------- Multi-Agent Systems and Remote Viewing On the possibility that remote viewers form a distributed intelligence network with potentially new and as yet unknown emergent properties. What if there was more to Remote Viewing than what is commonly known? What if there was added dimension? What if there was an explanation for all of the extraneous information in a Remote Viewing session? What if someone, somewhere got the whole picture? What if it wasn't Remote Viewing at all but something else? Quantum Viewing may be a more appropriate term. What if a session can be many things at once, depending on how you look at the data, who's doing the tasking, what their intention is and whether the session enters a communications channel like a fax machine, or a website or a copier. A channel wherein the session can be captured and married with other sessions too numerous to count so something other than the intended purpose emerges? Emergent behavior is another term for self-organization, where simple processes by multiple single agents lead to complex results. Scientists developing models for artificial intelligence have looked at human traffic patterns, ant colonies, flocks of birds, heart cells, synchronized fireflies, and other forms of coordinated group activity as a way of discovering how groups of independent animals, or cells can create sophisticated and complex patterns and behaviors that appear to be much greater than the sum of their parts. One of the examples used time and time again in the discussion of emergent behavior is that of the ant colony. By herself, a worker ant is by no means a brilliant intellect. But thousands of ants in a colony, each carrying out simple daily activities, can together build structures that human engineering cannot duplicate. They will organize their food storage areas and their dumps to be optimally apart. They will place their queen in the safest possible location. Ant colonies mature over generations, their structures becoming more stable and more organized. No one ant is smart enough to know how to create a sophisticated society. Yet a colony full of ants can create structures and societies that not only outlast any member, but also improve over time. We live in a world full of such systems. Our bodies are comprised of countless cells that operate in unison, each cell unaware of the existence and behavior of others, yet each contributing to the health, well-being, and activity of the entire system. Even individual cells have thousands of genes that together manage its life and cycle. From traffic patterns to teenage peer pressure, emergent intelligence behaviors give rise to fascinating and unusual complexities. Emergent behavior has also been noted in the study of consciousness, with some researchers postulating that consciousness itself is an emergent behavior stemming from human social interaction. The 'Hundredth Monkey' phenomenon is a description of a type of emergent behavior. It means that when a limited number of people learn a new behavior, it may remain the conscious property of these people. But there is a point at which if only one more person learns the new behavior, the consciousness field is strengthened so that this new awareness is picked up by almost everyone. Some remote viewers feel this principle is in effect within the field of remote viewing, and increasing individual awareness of the validity of remote viewing is creating a phenomenon where it is becoming easier to learn and recognize remote viewing abilities. If this is true, then remote viewers are part of an incredible and building multi-agent system. This type of system exists when multiple parties - in this case remote viewers - work independently or in small groups, but the actions of each party contribute to an overall effect, pattern, or behavior. One key feature of these systems is that new members adapt to the characteristics of the system, more than the system accommodating to the changes offered by any new member. Similarity between individuals is what results in the spread of culture across any group, and a diversity of opinions is reduced as individuals are exposed to a preponderance of majority arguments. In other words, as people interact, they persuade one another of things, they teach each other, they mimic one another, with the result being that they become more similar. This adaptability can have a dark side, if the weight of the network favors a particular activity or point of view that is resistant to diversity or change. In the case of remote viewing, new viewers may not know what they've been adapted into, as the outward behaviors - exercising one's intuition in new and exciting ways - becomes the central focus for any individual. It is the rare remote viewer who questions the cultural conditioning occurring on both the physical and paraphysical levels, but like any other social dynamic, the result is remote viewers becoming more similar in attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. A distributed intelligence network is a multi-agent system where each individual participates in some form of cognitive value to the entire network, whether the individual is aware of this or not. Such a network of remote viewers would exhibit new and surprising emergent behaviors. One can attempt to predict what types of patterns, attitudes, and functions such a system would display over time. One can say for certain, however, that a network of remote viewers would be more effective as an intelligence gathering tool if the individuals were so similar that they used specific methodologies developed to keep them working essentially in unison. The less the data collection method is questioned or challenged, the more robust the network is. But perhaps the most interesting question is how such a system could be utilized by certain determined members or by outside observers who recognize the potential inherent in the system. Since a group of remote viewers could function as a distributed intelligence network, there could be ways to gather the bits of intelligence generated by individual remote viewers and to use these bits of data. Just some examples of ways that a multi-agent network of remote viewers could be effectively used include: Multi-Tasking Remote Viewing Data The collection of data from such a system would be simple, and could be done through electronic means. Remote viewers could be given feedback on their sessions, but then new tasks could be assigned to the data, unbeknown to the viewer. For example, a remote viewer completes a task. The feedback is "The Mona Lisa," but a second task is assigned such as "The Kennedy Assassination," and this second task is not revealed to the viewer. The easiest way to accomplish such tasking is to use the collected data as Wild Card sessions. A Wild Card is a session that has been completed by a remote viewer, but without a tasking yet being assigned to the session. These have been shown to be as effective as prior tasked sessions. Sessions can not only be double-tasked in this manner, but can be triple-tasked, quadruple-tasked, etc. TDS has done extensive research in the area of multi-tasked sessions, including using sessions from outside remote viewing groups and individuals. We have noted that each time a new task is assigned to a pre-assigned session, that the data then reflects both (or more) taskings, but it becomes slightly cloudy, as if the mind is struggling with finding language and imagery suitable to answer both (or more) taskings. By collecting sessions from many hundreds, if not thousands, of remote viewers, over time, and using them as Wild Cards for multi-tasking purposes, one would not need highly trained or skilled viewers. The copious amount of data would lend itself to a type of pattern-finding meta analysis which could answer specific questions without having to know any particular viewer's strengths and weaknesses. Remote Influence Enhanced (RI Enhanced) Sessions Remote Viewers whose sessions are used in such a multi-tasking method could be remote influencing themselves or others as they view, by a simple task written by an outside party. Viewers in these cases may experience uncomfortable physical and mental sensations during or after viewing. It should be noted that the initial tasker in these cases may not be aware of any outside taskers or activity, but could be a simple agent in the system, just as the remote viewer is. Subtle Group Maneuvers Since agents in a distributed intelligence network look to other agents for clues on behavior, actions, ideas, and thoughts, some agents could have seeded an initial network with thoughts that would carry through the life of the network, including ideas on how remote viewing works, who makes a good remote viewer, etc. Since remote viewers are trained to observe and recognize non-local information, these agents could have set up particular telepathic memes that would be difficult to discern on a conscious level. Future Session Tasking Future session tasking can also be executed by writing a task where the remote viewer has not yet viewed and has no assigned tasks yet for the future. The tasker could assign "The next session that Viewer X completes" to any particular objective/target, resulting in an effective double-tasked or RI enhanced session. Hijacked Sessions Any session collected and then used for something else, without permission of the remote viewer, can be considered a hijacked session. Multi-tasked and RI Enhanced sessions can be hijacked sessions. One counter thought would be that a viewer's intent could allow them to steer clear of being used in this way. However, if a viewer's intent is to describe the objective/target, and the viewer adds the proviso to each and every viewing that they will view only the objective/target assigned by a specific tasker, is there any evidence that this works? There have been no controlled studies along those lines, and there would be no way to evaluate data to determine if there are no further taskings placed on the data unbeknown to the persons running the experiment. There is the added reality that on the psi level a viewer may perform differently in a controlled experiment (intended to measure the limitations of specific tasking directions involving intention,) than in a true hijacked session situation. Intention does not operate only in the realm of individual conscious decisions. There is also group intent, subconscious intent, spiritual intent, and so forth, through many layers; and many mysterious layes when paraconscious activities are involved. No one really knows what is occurring when we 'remote view' or can even account for consciousness and our minds in general. We do, however, know that sessions can be multi-tasked and hijacked. It is our hope that by being aware that a multi-agent network of remote viewers exists, (regardless of whether any group or institution intended to develop such a group,) its members will be able to shape it along proper parameters where individuals are not being used for the surreptitious benefit of others. Final Notes: This paper is a small part of a much larger work I've developed. I hope that it is a springboard for thought and discussion on the current status and future of the field and culture of remote viewing. The idea within this short essay is the primary reason I've decided to suspend all activity at TransDimensional Systems, and by extension, the Larger Universe, Bananaslam, and Aurora Bomb websites. [end quote from www.largeruniverse.com 3/3/03 posted by Prudence Calabrese]

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