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MANKIND RESEARCH UNLIMITED: THE CIA'S PSYCHIC WARFARE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT PROPRIETARY In the 1970's the U.S. Navy and the Central Intelligence Agency spent millions of dollars to finance an obscure District of Columbia corporation called Mankind Research Unlimited, Inc. (MRU). The personnel of this bizarre company and its affiliates and subsidiaries include some of the most frightening scientists the government had at its disposal. Its goal, despite the jargon of its brochures, was the military application of psychic phenomenon.

I first learned of MRU in 1972 from a young friend, Ronnie Sunshine, who knew Dr. Stanley Krippner, then Chief Researcher at the "Dream Laboratory" of Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, and Vice-President of the Soviet-American Association for Psychotronic Research. Dr. Krippner told my friend that he had returned from the Soviet Union with a schematic drawing for a " Kirlian Device" given to him by a colleague there. A "Kirlian Device" reportedly photographed electrochemiluminescence, an as yet undefined energy field which allegedly surrounds living matter and is sometimes referred to as the "human aura." Ronnie Sunshine took the above picture of his penis with a Kirlian device, despite the fact that mild electric shock was involved. He made a great sacrifice for science. According to Krippner, "The U.S. government had information on Kirlian, photo-graphy in 1959, but released it only to Rand, the Air Force, etc. It wasn't until I went to the USSR and brought back the blueprints personally that this in-formation was made available to the general public." Krippner gave a copy of the schematic to my friend Ronnie Sunshine who then assembled such a camera and began some experi-ments with it. Shortly thereafter, he stopped by my office to tell me that he had been contacted by some very strange dudes: "They are either Martians or CIA agents. They call themselves Mankind Research, Unlimited. Whoever they are they want my schematic and they want it bad." The minute I heard the Russians were involved I told Sunshine, "It's the fucking Agency and we're going to do a number on them."

The man who wanted the schematic was Paul Sauvin, who, we later learned, was MRU's expert "specializing in the detection and analysis of life energy emissions," in the words of MRU's brochure. Sauvin was an electromechanical engineer and inventor who had worked in the aerospace industry for thirteen years before moving to the National Institute for Rehabilitation and Engineering at St. Joseph's Hospital, Patterson, New Jersey. According to the MRU materials his research dealt with thought-

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CIA'S PSYCHIC RESEARCH PROPRIETARY  

The story of Mankind Research is the story of the paranoia of the Cold War.

CIA'S PSYCHIC RESEARCH PROPRIETARY  

The story of Mankind Research is the story of the paranoia of the Cold War.

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