Russell Targ
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Russell Targ is a legally blind physicist and pioneer in the development of the laser who went on to become one of the world’s foremost researchers into psychic phenomena. He has authored and coauthored a number of books on this subject, including his most recent, Do You See What I See? Memoirs of a Blind Biker, in which he relates fascinating anecdotes about his adventurous life and his many encounters with twentieth-century luminaries such as Ayn Rand, Alan Greenspan, Alan Alda, and the late chess master Bobby Fischer (Targ’s brother-in-law).  In the 1970s and early 1980s, Targ was also director of the Stanford Research Institute’s “remote viewing” program—an investigation into psychic abilities secretly sponsored by NASA, the CIA, the Army, and other members of the U.S. intelligence community that led to the training of numerous “psychic spies” during the final years of the Cold War. Today, he is a student of spiritual teacher Gangaji in the Advaita Vedanta lineage of Hinduism, and is also a student of Tibetan Dzogchen Buddhism, both of which emphasize the idea that consciousness, not matter, is the primary substance of reality.