What about Remote Viewing and its use in competitive intelligence?
Remote viewing and its link to competitive intelligence is not a subject you expect to see every day. This article asks about Remote Viewing and its use in competitive intelligence. Remote viewing is an intriguing, interesting and very controversial technique of collecting information from a distant target or location using extrasensory perception (ESP) and psychic abilities. It’s the subject of much debate and discussion, with questions emerging over whether it has a place in competitive intelligence. This article is very much tongue-in-cheek, but it will explore remote viewing as part of competitive intelligence operations to gain an edge over competitors. But does it really have a place in competitive intelligence?
Remote viewing is a questionable technique of gathering information from a distant target or location using extrasensory perception (ESP) or psychic abilities. It’s a method of obtaining information about a person, place, object, or event hidden from view or beyond the reach of our senses. It uses our mind’s intuitive abilities to perceive and interpret the data. You may have seen the 2009 film starring Ewan Mcgregor called the men who stare at goats. So it’s been featured in a Hollywood film, so it must be true!
Remote viewing comes from parapsychology, the name given to the study of paranormal phenomena such as telepathy, precognition, and clairvoyance. It was developed by US government-funded scientists at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in the 1970s. The project was called Stargate and aimed to explore the potential of psychic abilities for military and intelligence purposes. The Soviets also had similar programmes.
Describe what you see
Remote viewers use their intuitive abilities to access information about a target or location beyond their physical senses. The viewer is typically given a set of coordinates or other identifying information that matches the target. They are then asked to describe what they see, hear, feel, and sense about the target. Our experience included the remote viewer having a pencil and paper, and what’s seen involves drawing what they see in their mind.
Remote viewing has been used for various purposes, including archaeology, crime-solving, and medical diagnosis. Still, its use in competitive intelligence has been a subject of much debate and controversy. While some proponents of remote viewing say it provides valuable insights and a competitive advantage. Others argue it is unreliable, unproven, potentially dangerous and used by crackpots.
However, it doesn’t matter what tools a competitive intelligence analyse uses. Whether it be SWOT analysis, primary research or something as left-field as remote viewing, there’s one thing you must do. With everything you find from any source, you must verify the isolated information from as many sources as possible. The capabilities of remote viewing in competitive intelligence depend on several factors, including:
- The skill and experience of the remote viewer
- The quality of the target information
- The level of analysis and interpretation applied to the data
- Believe it’s possible
The truth is out there
One of the key advantages of remote viewing in competitive intelligence is that it can provide access to information about a target or location that is inaccessible or difficult to obtain. A remote viewer might be able to access information about the internal workings of a competitor’s organisation:
- Like their decision-making processes
- Strategic plans
- Confidential documents
- The layout of a facility
- The presence of security systems
- The location of valuable assets
- Stock levels
- Production levels and capabilities
All without needing physical access to their premises. This information could be helpful for competitive intelligence analysts to identify vulnerabilities or opportunities for their businesses. Another advantage is that it could provide insights into your competitors’ key players’ motivations, attitudes, and intentions. Getting to know the key players using secondary and primary sources also helps. For example, a remote viewer might be able to detect a competitor’s CEO’s emotional state or identify a decision-maker’s hidden agenda. This information can be used to anticipate the target’s actions and develop effective counter-strategies.
Limitations of which there are a few
However, remote viewing in competitive intelligence also has several limitations and risks that must be considered. The main criticism of remote viewing is that it is subjective and open to interpretation, which makes it difficult to validate or verify the accuracy of the information obtained. If you can’t verify or validate, it’s not intelligence; it’s Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction level. Another risk of remote viewing in competitive intelligence is that biases, beliefs, and expectations of the viewer can influence it. A remote viewer with a negative attitude towards a competitor may be more likely to produce harmful or inaccurate information about the target.
Furthermore, remote viewing in competitive intelligence can be ethically problematic, especially if it involves accessing confidential or sensitive information without the target’s knowledge or consent. This raises questions about privacy, confidentiality, and legal liability that must be carefully considered before engaging in remote viewing activities. However, even if this does work for you, if the information is a secret, you can not use it, which would be illegal. If you can use it, then why look for it?
To maximise the benefits of remote viewing in competitive intelligence, it is important to understand its strengths and limitations and the risks involved clearly.
Here are some key considerations to keep in mind:
- Training and experience: Remote viewing is a skill that requires training and practice to develop. Working with experienced remote viewers with a proven track record of success in similar contexts is important.
- Target information: The quality and accuracy of the target information provided to the remote viewer can significantly impact the reliability of the results. Giving as much detail as possible about the target is important while ensuring the information is accurate and up-to-date.
- Analysis and interpretation: The information obtained through remote viewing is often raw and unstructured, requiring careful analysis and interpretation. It is important to have a transparent methodology for analysing and interpreting the data and to apply rigorous standards of evidence and validation.
- Ethical considerations: Using remote viewing in competitive intelligence raises several ethical concerns, such as privacy, confidentiality, and legal liability. It is important to understand the legal and ethical boundaries involved and ensure that all activities are conducted responsibly and ethically.
- Validation and verification: To ensure the reliability and validity of the information obtained through remote viewing, it is important to use rigorous validation and verification procedure. Comparing results obtained through remote viewing with other sources of information or conducting blind tests to assess the accuracy of the remote viewing results.
What about Remote Viewing and its use in competitive intelligence?
While remote viewing is not a foolproof method of gathering information (to say the least), it can potentially provide valuable insights and advantages in the context of competitive intelligence. By working with experienced and trained remote viewers, providing accurate and detailed target information, and applying rigorous analysis and validation procedures, organisations can use this unconventional method to gain a competitive edge in their respective industries.
Remote Viewing is questionable, to say the least. But like many things in life, you can’t completely rule out the possibility. But for the record, we have never used remote viewing for competitive intelligence. Well, not without wearing a tin foil hat. And only then when looking for ancient Martian civilisations. 🙂
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