The new Claude 2 AI lets you upload entire PDFs and ask questions. I uploaded the SRV manual as an experiment. It could be a useful tool to quickly ask questions about books and such.
Q: What is a IDEOGRAM in this context? And can you list the different types?
A: Based on the text, an ideogram in the context of Scientific Remote Viewing (SRV) refers to a spontaneous drawing that is made to represent a particular aspect or "gestalt" of the remote viewing target.
Some key points about ideograms in SRV:
- They are simple drawings made very quickly, usually just a few pen strokes. The pen does not leave the paper until the ideogram is complete.
- Each ideogram aims to capture one primary aspect or impression of the target. For example, one ideogram could represent a structure at the target, another a body of water, etc.
- Ideograms are drawn initially in Phase 1 of the SRV process. The viewer draws and decodes ideograms to get primitive impressions of the target before moving on to gather more detailed data in later phases.
- There are some established ideogram patterns that viewers learn through practice, like ideograms for "structure", "subject", "motion", etc. But viewers can also develop personal ideograms that come naturally.
- After drawing an ideogram, the viewer decodes it by describing the pen movement, assigning primitive and advanced descriptors, and making an initial interpretive guess about what it represents.
- In later phases, previously drawn ideograms can be revisited and probed further for additional data.
So in summary, ideograms are quick symbolic drawings used specifically in SRV to capture key impressions and aspects of a remote viewing target in the early stages of a session. They act as sort of visual shortcuts into the target gestalts.
Q: How are they probed further?
A: According to the text, there are a few different ways that ideograms can be probed further in Scientific Remote Viewing:
- In Phase 1, after initially decoding the ideogram with primitive/advanced descriptors and a guess at meaning, the viewer probes the ideogram additional times under the "C" section. This involves touching the ideogram with the pen and allowing intuitive perceptions about that aspect of the target to arise. These perceptions are recorded as free-response data.
- In Enhanced SRV, the viewer probes the ideogram extensively under the "C" section, building up a detailed list of sensory data, magnitudes, emotions, concepts, etc. related to that gestalt. This creates a clearer impression of that aspect.
- In Phase 4, as part of the "Big Three" process, the viewer returns to the Phase 3 sketch and probes various parts of it. Some of those parts may relate to previously drawn ideograms. The probe data are entered into the Phase 4 matrix.
- In Phase 5, the viewer can place ideograms or symbols on the worksheet and then probe them further, entering the resulting perceptions into the Phase 5 matrix.
- The viewer can also trace over ideogram lines using the pen to shift awareness and refocus attention on that target aspect.
- Advanced viewers may probe ideograms using the back end of the pen to avoid excessive markings.
So in summary, ideograms are probed by touching them with the pen tip and allowing intuitions and sensory impressions to arise. This "interrogates" the gestalt captured by the ideogram to reveal additional descriptive data about that aspect of the target.
Q: Can you do a ELI5 summar of the entire book?
A: Here's a simplified summary of the main points from Courtney Brown's book on Scientific Remote Viewing:
- Remote viewing means gathering information about a target using extrasensory perception. Scientific Remote Viewing (SRV) is a structured method for doing this.
- In SRV, you get a set of random numbers that identify the target. You don't know what the target is yet.
- You start by drawing quick, symbolic sketches called ideograms that represent basic impressions of the target.
- You decode each ideogram by describing how you drew it, assigning descriptors like "hard", "wet", etc., and guessing what it represents.
- In Phase 2, you list perceptions relating to the 5 senses and dimensions about the target.
- In Phase 3, you draw a sketch of the target based on your intuitions.
- Phase 4 is a matrix where you probe for more descriptive data on senses, emotions, physicals, etc. and make low-level guesses.
- Phase 5 has more advanced techniques like timelines, analytical sketches, probing symbols, etc.
- There are also movement and cuing techniques to shift focus across target aspects and time periods.
- You aim to describe the target without analyzing, keep data low-level, and remove conscious mind interference.
- The process moves from broad impressions to more detailed data, building up a descriptive "picture" of the target over time.
- With practice, viewers can learn to perceive and record accurate intuitive information this way about unseen targets.
So in short, SRV uses structured protocols to access and document extrasensory target data while minimizing imagination and analysis.
Q: What are some related or similar books?
A: Here are some other notable books related to remote viewing and extrasensory perception that are similar in topic to Courtney Brown's "Scientific Remote Viewing":
- "Limitless Mind" by Russell Targ - Covers remote viewing history and research, with protocols.
- "The Reality of ESP" by Russell Targ - Discusses remote viewing evidence and applications.
- "Mind Trek" by Joseph McMoneagle - Memoir by renowned Army remote viewer.
- "Remote Viewing" by David Morehouse - More memoir perspective on government RV.
- "Remote Viewing Secrets" by Joseph McMoneagle - Practical guide and training manual.
- "The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing" by Paul Smith - Overview of theory, methods, and tools.
- "Mindreach" by Russell Targ & Harold Puthoff - Early classic on RV research at Stanford Research Institute.
- "Psychic Warrior" by David Morehouse - On US government's Star Gate remote viewing program.
- "Between Two Worlds" by Upton Sinclair - 1930s classic exploring psychic phenomena.
- "The End of Materialism" by Charles Tart - Multidisciplinary look at paranormal abilities.
- "Entangled Minds" by Dean Radin - Research and evidence for psychic interconnectedness.
So those provide some additional perspectives and approaches related to Scientific Remote Viewing from other notable authors and researchers in the field. Courtney Brown's book provides a very thorough practical guide and training manual with a full RV protocol.
Its not a replacement for reading it of course, but I can see it being useful.