Russell Targ is a physicist and author, a trailblazer in the development of the laser and laser applications, and a cofounder of the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) investigation of psychic abilities in the 1970s and 1980s for the CIA. He is a founder, former director, and president emeritus of International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA). Called remote viewing, his work in the psychic area has been published in Nature, The Proceedings of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), and the Proceedings of the American Association the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Targ has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Queens College and did graduate work in physics at Columbia University. He has received two National Aeronautics and Space- Administration awards for inventions and contributions to lasers and laser communications. In 1983 and 1984, he accepted invitations to present remote-viewing demonstrations and to address the USSR Academy of Science on this research.
He is author or co-author of nine books dealing with the scientific investigation of psychic abilities and Buddhist approaches to the transformation of consciousness, including Mind Reach: Scientists Look at Psychic Ability (with E. Harold Puthoff); Miracles of Mind: Exploring Nonlocal Consciousness and Spiritual Healing (with Jane Katra); and Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness. He also wrote an autobiography, Do You See What I See: Memoirs of a Blind Biker, and his current book is The Reality of ESP: A Physicist’s Proof of Psychic Abilities.

What People are Saying About Russell Targ

“Blessed with genius, creativity, and uncommon insight into what really matters...Targ is one of the great explorers of consciousness in the modern era.”
—Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
“Russell Targ is a great treasure of our time. He’s a new breed of scientist who’s not afraid to incorporate spirituality and deep intuition into his life and his conception of consciousness.”
Judith Orloff, MD, author of Positive Energy
“Russell Targ is a pioneer, a character trait he has demonstrated in fields as diverse as laser physics, parapsychology, and windshear physics.”
—Stephan A. Schwartz, author of Opening to the Infinite