CIA attempts to understand the USSR’s bizarre ventures into “extrasensory” telepathic contact during the Cold War are revealed in recently found papers. The Government Attic, a transparency website that releases declassified government records, recently discovered three CIA documents dating between 1963 and 1964.
One of the most intriguing documents, which is peppered with strange anecdotes and outlandish ideas, depicts a conversation between a CIA agent and Professor D A Kerimov of the University of Leningrad about the USSR’s “cybernetics research” and “extra-sensory perception” while they shared a few “social drinks,” shows a conversation between a CIA agent and Professor D A Kerimov of the University of Leningrad about the. In other words, they were drinking and talking about the latest forays into Soviet mind-control technology, which is probably a typical topic of conversation among Cold War spies.
Professor Kerimov reveals that he had heard that scientists in Kyiv were working on a project to “tap” a good musician’s brain activity while they played the piano. This brain activity may subsequently be recorded and played back into a non-forearm; musician’s letting them to play the piano with complete skill. The Soviet scientist, ironically, refused to discuss the findings in detail, and the CIA agent believes that some of the stories are “pretty doubtful.” Another experiment saw researchers create a “simulated frog’s eye” for airport surveillance, while another line of inquiry looked into the possibility of direct telepathy contact between humans and machines.
One of the more audacious assertions made during the discussions is that people have the ability to demonstrate “extrasensory perception.” Professor Kerimov claims they have proof that some people can pick up on others’ brain “waves” and even use this talent to foresee “future random events.” Although these views had not been taken seriously in the past, Kerimov admitted that they were gaining popularity among his peers. The CIA agent concludes the report by stating that the conservation yielded little hard data, but that the USSR’s research into extrasensory perception did not appear to pose a national security concern.
“”When I asked him for a tangible example of what has already happened as a result of cybernetics, he was unwilling to provide one,” the agent noted.”Except for the dubious story regarding tapping communications from the forearm, I would say I never learned of a single new Soviet discovery ahead of the US state of the art,” they continued.
Throughout the Cold War, the US intelligence agencies were no strangers to bizarre mind control technology, whether it was the infamous MKUltra and Project Stargate or the development of remote-controlled canines. The CIA published an enigmatic study in 1983 on the “Gateway Experience,” stating that an altered state of human consciousness may transcend space and time. They even tried to communicate with Martians by interviewing a psychic while in a trance and “visited” Mars 1 million years ago. Consider what the Soviet spies’ reports to the USSR may have sounded like.