The Mad Science of Alien and UFO Myths

During World War II, the rumors of Nazi Germany developing paranormal capabilities of the mind eventually led to interest by the fledgling post-war CIA. In 1961, Chief of OTS (Office of Technical Service) contacted Stephen I. Abrams, head of Parapsychological Laboratory at Oxford University on the subject of ESP (Extra-sensory perception). Abrams responded with a report that ESP appeared to exist, but could neither be understood, or controlled.

From that point up to the early 1970’s, the Agency had very little interest in psychic phenomenon.

Enter Hal Puthoff.

According to author Jim Schnabel, Hal served at the NSA in the early 1960's after serving in the Navy (Served as an officer in the Navy from 1960-63 at Ft. Meade), and later stayed on as a civilian. (Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America's Psychic Spies, Dell, 1997, pg 97)

After his doctorate at Stanford University, Hal became a lecturer in the electrical engineering department, and supervised Ph.D. candidates in EE and applied physics. In 1969, at the age of thirty-three, he obtained a patent on a tunable Raman (infrared) laser that he had invented. In addition, he co-authored a textbook entitled Fundamentals of Quantum Electronics, which became a standard volume in physics.

According to Ingo Swann, in his online book Biomindsuperpowers, he writes:

“The field of laser physics was on a great upswing by then, and by all accounts, as many later told me, Hal Puthoff was destined for laser engineering limelight, a field in which his scientific reputation had already achieved luminosity. A short while earlier in New York, Cleve Backster had advised me that Puthoff was a genius. Others I later met in the Silicon Valley area said so, too, and I accepted this as a matter of fact, albeit somewhat intimidated by being in the near proximity of a genius.. How and why it was that Hal's interests changed from laser physics to biofield measurements was never clear to me, and so I'll not be able to articulate much in this regard. We did discuss the matter, but somehow whatever we discussed has faded.”

Ingo’s point above is an important one. What could have prompted a genius physicist, on a stellar upward track of accomplishment and success within the field of laser physics, to switch to a field most contemporary physicists would, even today, consider career suicide? Why, between 1971-1972, did he suddenly divert his entire career path from the very successful field of laser physics, to "biofield measurements", and parapsychology?