The term ‘Remote Viewing’ (RV) was coined by Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff.
RV is the alleged ability to internally perceive objects and events at a distance beyond the range of the normal senses.
Remote Viewers (RVers) usually say they perceive objects and events in the past, present and probable future. But RVers don’t believe they psychologically time travel when seeing the past. Instead, they tend to say that they access a ‘holographic cosmic memory bank’ that records all events that ever took place, somewhat like the Akashic Records of Theosophy and Anthroposophy.
Concerning the future, RVers claim to see possible outcomes but don’t predict the future with any certainty.
Those sympathetic to the idea say that one inherent difficulty with RV is a margin of error that researcher Dale Graff calls “white noise.” RVers say they strive to scientifically verify their distance visions and apparently are developing new methods to increase accuracy.
On this point RVers differ from some psychics who remain convinced that their distance visions are accurate without making any attempt to verify.
Interestingly, RV researcher Russell Targ says his team got better scientific results when they kept the research environment “fun” and relaxed. Targ admits to making money from RVing future probabilities but he says that human greed came to interfere with the success of his experiments.¹
Targ later introduced the term Remote Sensing because, he says, RV may also be accompanied by an inner sense of hearing, smell and touch.
The paranormal writer Rosemary Ellen Guiley says that Remote Sensing is a well-documented phenomenon, both in ancient and contemporary times.
The mainstream view, however, is not quite so sympathetic. Wikipedia says:
There is no credible scientific evidence that remote viewing works, and the topic of remote viewing is regarded as pseudoscience.²
Some, however, maintain that the US RV project did work but has gone underground. If true, most of us have no way of finding out.³
³ I didn’t read it too carefully, but from a quick scan of the Wikipedia entry, it seems this ambiguous dimension of RV is overlooked.