Was the Soviet Union developing cybernetic telepathy? According to a CIA document, most probably, yes!
Three newly released CIA reports from 1963 and 1964 shed light on the Soviet Union’s use of extrasensory perception (ESP) and the alleged development of “cybernetic telepathy.”
In the documents, an agent essentially revealed his conversation with Soviet scientists and a student about the development of telepathy.
What was happening in Soviet Union?
While the word “cybernetic” might have become associated with science fiction over the recent years, it was originally used to refer to all scientific pursuits of humanity. The conversations though, as Vice reported, point to the fact that it wasn’t working out as expected for Soviets.
Earliest US and Soviet research into telepathy posited that it could be possible to make humans and machines communicate without a language by using simple telepathy.
In the documents, the Soviet scientist D.A. Kerminov, said that USSR researchers successfully “taped” the central nervous system signals of a man who was playing piano. Later, they were able to broadcast those messages back into the arms of a different person who had never played piano before. “That person would then be enabled to play difficult music—but also would retain some of this skill as permanent learning,” Kerminov claimed.
According to Kerimov, someone named Vasilyev showed strong extra-sensory perception but only with certain people who were capable of receiving the “waves.”
The CIA and US military too, have tried to explore the potential of ESP and telepathy programmes… but to no avail. We still cannot control machines without giving an input… and probably won’t for the longest time to come.
Gault, M. (2022, March 28). CIA Document Claims Soviet Union Was Developing Cybernetic Telepathy. Vice.