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Harold E. Puthoff born June 20, is an American engineer and parapsychologist. In , Puthoff earned a Ph. Puthoff published papers on polarizable vacuum PV and stochastic electrodynamics topics, which are examples of alternative approaches to general relativity and quantum mechanics. Both Puthoff and Targ became convinced Geller and Swann had genuine psychic powers.
The claims were disputed that information could be transmitted through a distance using a modulated potential with no electric or magnetic field components. The case is used for educational purposes in patent law  as an example of a valid patent where "The lesson of the Puthoff patent is that in a world where both types of patents are more and more common, even a competent examiner may fail to distinguish innovation from pseudoscience.
Targ and Puthoff declared to have demonstrated that Geller had genuine psychic powers, though it was reported that there were flaws with the controls in the experiments and Geller was caught using sleight of hand on many other occasions. Geller turned out to be nothing more than a magician using sleight of hand and considerable personal charm to fool his admirers. The tests at SRI turned out to have been run under conditions that can best be described as chaotic.
Few limits were placed on Geller's behavior, and he was more or less in control of the procedures used to test him.
Further, the results of the tests were incorrectly reported in Targ and Puthoff's Nature paper. The psychologists David Marks and Richard Kammann attempted to replicate Targ and Puthoff's remote viewing experiments.
In a series of thirty-five studies, they were unable to replicate the results so investigated the procedure of the original experiments. Marks and Kammann discovered that the notes given to the judges in Targ and Puthoff's experiments contained clues as to which order they were carried out, such as referring to yesterday's two targets, or they had the date of the session written at the top of the page.
They concluded that these clues were the reason for the experiment's high hit rates. Examination of the few actual transcripts published by Targ and Puthoff show that just such clues were present.
To find out if the unpublished transcripts contained cues, Marks and Kammann wrote to Targ and Puthoff requesting copies. It is almost unheard of for a scientist to refuse to provide his data for independent examination when asked, but Targ and Puthoff consistently refused to allow Marks and Kammann to see copies of the transcripts.
Marks and Kammann were, however, able to obtain copies of the transcripts from the judge who used them. The transcripts were found to contain a wealth of cues.
According to Marks, when the cues were eliminated the results fell to a chance level. Students were also able to solve Puthoff and Targ's locations from the clues that had inadvertently been included in the transcripts.
Marks and Kamman concluded: "Until remote viewing can be confirmed in conditions which prevent sensory cueing the conclusions of Targ and Puthoff remain an unsubstantiated hypothesis. Massimo Pigliucci has written Puthoff's research into zero-point energy is considered to be a pseudoscience. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Playback: Canadian Selections. McClelland and Stewart. Princeton University Press. Hampton Roads Publishing Company. Calgary: Micky Hades International. European Patent Office. US Patent Office. Retrieved 25 September University of Wisconsin Law School. Archived from the original PDF on 25 September The Truth about Uri Geller. Prometheus Books. Wynn, Arthur W. Joseph Henry Press. But, you may argue, millions of people were watching him on TV! Geller is a master at an essential tool of the magician: misdirection or distracting peoples' attention.
He is quite good at projecting an air of innocence that belies his actions. That he can fool so many people is a tribute to slight-of-hand sic artistry, not psychic power.
Pseudoscience and the Paranormal. Information transmission in remote viewing experiments. Nature — Sensory cues invalidate remote viewing experiments. Nature The Psychology of the Psychic.
Harold E. Puthoff