The Wisdom of Crowds and Remote Viewing

Interview with the creators of Remote View Daily
Author: Jair Robles

According to Wikipedia, [today’s popular internet encyclopedia,] remote-viewing is the practice of seeking impressions about a distant or unseen target using subjective means, in particular extrasensory perception (ESP) or "sensing with mind".

Remote-Viewing has been a recurring subject covered by SuperConsciousness and we have described it as the ability to perceive information nonlocally or from great distances, outside of what is considered normally accessible by the five senses.

Throughout the years we have published several articles on this topic, including interviews with some of the original proponents and researchers of remote-viewing, such as Russell Targ. SuperConsciousness has featured books by different authors who have done extensive research on it, and even had articles written for us by some successful practitioners of this skill. These accounts, and many others readily available to anyone interested in it, should leave no room for doubt that this is a real and scientifically proven phenomenon. It has been successfully used by the US military and other intelligence agencies of various governments. Several groups of people have made significant amounts of money by applying this skill in the prediction of market fluctuations and so on.

David Fairley. Photo Credit: Mayra Pena

Remote-viewing training has even become a growing industry. There are dozens of training organizations in addition to books, DVDs, seminars, and retreat facilities that feature and/or include remote-viewing in their curriculum. Some of these courses or products cost hundreds of dollars and those that are available for free tend to be limited in how much one can actually practice to develop such a skill, without running into the same targets after only a few trials of practice.

A couple of years ago we came across a site called Remote View Daily (RVD), which distinguished itself from all the other remote-viewing sites we had seen in the past. This site was different because it offered free access to anyone with the interest to participate and provided one with the opportunity to practice on a new target every day (in this case an image picked out randomly from a bank of hundreds of different images), as well as daily feedback on one’s results.

More recently, we noticed a new effort by the creators of RVD to engage and invite its users to participate. Their newsletter was no longer only the results from the remote-view image of the previous day, but now it also included the opportunity to remote-view a number from a range of 1 to 59 and also invited people to get involved and practice on a new series of remote-viewing applications they were developing on their site, including what they call “the lottery groups”. SuperConsciousness decided to contact them to find out more about RVD and their new activities and applications. We asked them: What was their motivation in creating such a site? What is the goal they are after? What are some of the new applications they are developing? How do the lottery groups work? What kind of results have they seen so far?

Guustaaf Damave. Photo Credit: Mayra Pena

After our conversation with the creators of Remote View Daily (Guustaaf Damave and David Fairley), we learned that their site could be the perfect fit for people exploring their latent abilities, especially if you have ever been curious about your own ability to see and know things nonlocally or are already versed in this skill and would like to make it part of your daily practices — and possibly even make some money from it! They subscribe to the concept of wisdom of crowds and want to see it work with remote viewing. They made the interesting point and insisted that the more people join RVD, the more data they will be able to collect that corroborates this works, as they are already seeing. This is one of their main goals, and something which can contribute to make remote-viewing the new frontier of human abilities.


SuperConsciousness: When was Remote View Daily created and how did the original idea come about?

Remote View Daily: I was practicing remote-viewing and also making Web sites and programming so I made a little program for myself to practice, that automatically selected one image at random, from a number of images in the computer. It was a handy tool. Then I decided to turn it into a Web site so my friends could use it too. Over the years it grew steadily more and more and people were signing up to use it. That's how it started.

Remote View Daily originally began in 2005, but the new version was launched in the spring of 2013. My partner David Fairley saw an email the previous year that mentioned how some of our friends had become lotto winners and they were talking about their experience. They said they used Remote View Daily to practice and that’s how he became aware of it. “I thought that was interesting and I contacted Guustaaf and we started talking.” After that we redesigned the site to make it more user-friendly and added some features. That's where it really started taking off with the users.

SC: How is Remote View Daily different from other remote-viewing sites on the Web?

RVD: There is no other Web site doing something like this, an automatic daily remote-view. There are a few sites that have some static things on it, where you can practice remote-viewing but the targets are always the same or from the same pool of options. Remote View Daily is like clockwork. It gives you new targets every day and that’s what makes it unique. Most other sites dedicated to remote-viewing, if not all of them, sell you CD packages and courses that you have to purchase. Some could cost $700 dollars or more, whatever they may charge. This site has a free aspect to it, which is intended to help and encourage people to practice remote-viewing on a regular basis, because like anything, it takes practice to develop the skill. The more you do it, the better you get at it. Just like exercising your muscles, the brain needs to get used to that.

SC: How many registered members do you have and what are the requirements to become a member?

RVD: There are no requirements. Anyone can sign up. There are about 3,500 subscribers but not everybody uses it every day. The average is about 150, but not always the same group of people. That's the average number of people that participate each day. Many of the 3,500 subscribers may not always use it but they kind of sit back and watch. As the site evolves, users are becoming more and more interested in it.

We have started introducing more features and we are beginning to see more engagement. We are trying to create a habit here. We want to help people create the habit of remote-viewing. But as you know habits take time to develop and for that to happen you have to do it daily or on a regular basis so it starts sticking and becoming a habit. We're seeing a gradual trend of improvement. Even though it's an average of only 150 people a day that participates, there are about 1,200 people that receive the results’ email every day. So those people are staying tuned in and look at the results every day and, possibly, are planning to participate the next day.

SC: According to some of the people that have been training remote-viewers and doing remote-viewing themselves for many years that we have interviewed for SuperConsciousness in the past say that getting feedback is very important. How do you provide this kind of feedback to your users?

RVD: We send out an email with the results from the previous day’s remote-viewing targets daily. The targets are an image and a number from 1 to 59. That is the first kind of feedback that they get. Those who participated also receive a score on their own results. This scoring happens in two stages: one is an automatic scoring program. Every image has a number of descriptive words attached to it and each word has a level of accuracy. That is done automatically, but then we go over it to make sure it is accurate and make corrections as needed.

We learned that their site could be the perfect fit for people exploring their latent abilities, especially if you have ever been curious about your own ability to see and know things nonlocally or are already versed in this skill and would like to make it part of your daily practices — and possibly even make some money from it!

This is a proprietary markup system in which every word has a weight to it. For every image that you get this particular word, it means you're very accurate or if you have another specific word then you're a little bit accurate and so on. That is how it works.

As we evaluate and score the responses each user starts generating a Remote-View Average (RVA), which takes into consideration your scores and all the times you have participated. For example, if you get a number right on any given day, you get 7 points; if you get the image right, there's a number system depending on the level of accuracy of your description; and if you are a member of one of our lottery groups, every time you get a number right also gives you points. The RVA is created based on those three aspects. The RVA is one of the new features we have created to make it more interesting for our users. It also plays an important role when you're in a group. If you are part of a lottery group, your RVA determines the weight your choice of numbers has when it's calculating the group numbers as well. So the more right on you are, the more weight you have in actually choosing the numbers when you are remote-viewing in a group or what we call, crowd-viewing.

SC: Can you explain to our readers the concepts of Crowd-Viewing and Crowd-Focusing?

RVD: Crowd-focusing is when a group of people focuses on one set of numbers, with the expectation that those numbers will be the ones drawn for the lottery, well, it’s actually for Powerball or Mega Millions, depending on which group you joined. Crowd-viewing is when everyone in a group submits their remote-views for the numbers, which is then combined to come up with a set of numbers for the group. The lotto numbers that are remote-viewed by the most number of participants are then chosen to be played in the drawing. At this moment the groups are still pretty small. We don’t have a lot of crossover numbers. So the person that has the higher RVA will have more influence on the pool of numbers that are played. We think this feature gives you more incentive to participate and you have more impact on the outcome as well.

It's pretty dynamic and we are collecting a massive amount of data that is supporting the fact that the probability of the results we are getting is well above chance. Also I think one of the most significant things you'll see is that certain people are always doing better than everyone else.

SC: Is there a correlation between how much you participate and the results?

RVD: That may be true, but what I'm saying is that certain people do better consistently than average, which to me indicates that it is impossible for it to be a fluke because this has been going on for years.

People who are dedicated and disciplined in doing this eventually have results that beat the odds. I mean, it is there, the results are specifically there to prove that. If any scientist who is interested in working with us should read this interview, they could use this data because we have close to 100,000 remote-views already and that is a massive amount of data available for serious inquiry.

This site has a free aspect to it, which is intended to help and encourage people to practice remote-viewing on a regular basis, because like anything, it takes practice to develop the skill. The more you do it, the better you get at it.

One of the reasons why we're trying to encourage more participation is because the data is going to grow exponentially. There is certainly a financial aspect behind it also: to have the funds to support the operation. But the thing that is the most interesting for us is to accumulate data that shows evidence that we can control the outcome of a random number generator — such as the lotto drawings — or that we can see the outcome before it happens, that human beings have the innate ability to do this. And the more participation and data we have, the more conclusive the evidence is going to be. If we could just get everybody who is already subscribed to actually participate, we would have ten times the amount of data.

We have run polls through our newsletters and have asked ourselves: “What is stopping people and why don’t you participate?" If you become a member of one of the lottery groups you may win or lose some money, that's true, but the bigger picture is that you are participating in a study that can prove what you may already intuitively or philosophically believe: That you can know the future; that you have the ability to know the future and also affect its outcome. And that's important; that is something very big.

SC: Is that the main reason why you created the lottery groups?

RVD: It makes it more real, is like going to the casino. When people go to the casino, and they have to test their philosophies, they have to put their money on the line. You can do it for free and practice all you want, but when you are challenged to go there — and it doesn’t matter whether you're broke or whether you have millions — when you go and have to put money on the line, you get to see your insecurities about your knowingness and philosophy. Participating in this means you are putting your ability and understanding on the line. You are testing it with something that is meaningful, and money is meaningful to people.

The cost for a membership to one of the lottery groups we have created is a joke. The cost is five bucks for a month and you get to participate in a group that could win hundreds of millions of dollars, and yet people still won't do this. That is the question that I ask myself all the time: Why would someone not spend three bucks or five bucks to play? In Mega Millions, for example, with five bucks a month, you could play $18 worth of tickets with other minds focusing on the results. We are sitting in Starbucks for this interview and it’s four bucks for a cup of coffee with a tip. People do that every day and yet they are unwilling to put that out. I don’t think it's got anything to do with the actual money. It's about the commitment. For me it's indicative of the commitment to put my money where my mouth is.

People who are dedicated and disciplined in doing this eventually have results that beat the odds. I mean, it is there, the results are specifically there to prove that. If any scientist who is interested in working with us should read this interview, they could use this data because we have close to 100,000 remote-views already and that is a massive amount of data available for serious inquiry.

We actually had to say, "Look. If you don’t get in, you don’t get anything from it." And it's going to be a punch in the gut if something happens and you didn’t participate. I’m aware that people do things out of fear of being left behind, but we are not trying to do that. We are trying to encourage people to participate just because it's there. It's a big idea and it takes very little to participate. Mega Millions is three bucks a month. I mean, come on. It just shows how lazy or complacent people can be to some degree, or neutral, about this being real. I don’t know what it is. For us, it's more intriguing to watch and really see the resistance or hesitation going on. Why don't you want to just participate in something that money-wise is insignificant to be a part of it, but the outcome could be dramatic when we get success. The subject of money — it is important to have that component in there and, yes, in the long run it can work out quite well for us financially, but that's not the drive behind this project. It's more the science behind it that is really more intriguing than anything else. It is about finding the proof to a concept. Even at this very early stage there is incontrovertible evidence that proves it works because, for example, this graph that we are looking at here is the performance of a group that my partner David Fairley created. The Power Ninjas is a crowd-focus group for the Powerball with one set of numbers that all the members of the group focus on.

On draw 24 through 27 the group had 2 numbers correct. The odds of getting two numbers correct are one in 17.5. So the odds of getting two numbers correct four times in a row are one in 93,789.

The thing is that we want to have a group of people that are actively participating, and if they win $100 million in the lottery, then it levels up to about $1 million for each member and that’s pretty good. But also, it's more the fact that you were part of it and this is what makes headlines. We're really excited because we've already had some wins with two or three numbers right and its building momentum.

SC: How long have the lottery groups been available?

RVD: The first group started in June 2013. We just had a few people in the first group. It would be nice that instead of having 3,500 subscribers, and the 1,200 people who get the email, and the 150 that play every day on average, we'd like to see 1,500 people actually playing and participating each day, as well as a large number of people with a membership to a lottery group, because then we are going to have this massive amount of data and we are really going to start seeing much better results. When we published the first graphs in our newsletters showing the results, we said, "Look. If you have any doubts if this is working, here's some data; here’s concrete evidence." And right away we had about 20 or 25 people who were just sitting on the fence, sign up and become part of the group. We realize that there is still skepticism; there is self-doubt about their own ability. We are actually trying to bolster self-confidence, to believe in ourselves, to go from self-doubt and skepticism to saying, "Look. Here's the data. It's obviously working."

Getting more people excited and involved will then build and grow upon itself. These results should, by their own and very nature, continue to get better and better. And that's what we're seeing. At some point it might dip but the general tendency should continue to climb.

Every group has a live graph on their page so that people can see the progress. If there are a number of crowd-viewing groups for the same lottery, then what we also do is combine all of those into one overall group for that lottery and buy that ticket because the whole idea of crowd-sourcing is that the larger the number of participants, the better the results. So there are multiple chances for people winning in the lotto drawings when you are part of a group.

Participating in this means you are putting your ability and understanding on the line. You are testing it with something that is meaningful, and money is meaningful to people.

We are really trying to encourage more people to engage because there is connectivity obviously that's happening. As more people participate the results get better. That's why we combine the remote-viewing groups’ results into another run and everyone gets to have that. In the end, if you're participating, you are going to be rewarded somehow, whether it is at least by being part of something really fascinating. It is going to bear some great fruits and encourage people to understand their innate ability to know and create reality. Also, obviously, the monetary gain could be very significant and, once again, that's not the real drive. The drive is to convince people or break through with absolute scientific evidence that you are powerful, that we have this intuitive skill, and to crush doubt ultimately. That is the bigger picture. This project has the potential of being a real paradigm changer.

We are doing everything we can to make people participate. For example, if you are in a crowd-viewing group, you are encouraged to submit your remote-view for the numbers. And if you don’t do that for a while, then the third time, your share in the winnings diminishes by 25 percent. The next time you don't participate, again 25 percent. So if you haven't participated for six times, your share is zero and then you can start building it back up.

We don’t think that anybody in a group wants to be dragging a dead mule. Ultimately that just shows your intent. If you don’t participate multiple times, it's just an attitude. And the attitude usually is doubt because if you really knew what the outcome was, that you are going to win, you'd be spending five bucks a month to be in the group, and you'd participate. If you have a bit of doubt that it's going to work, that is going to affect your action in what you do — or it can be inaction.

If you invite friends in, not only is it going to improve the results, but also if they are part of a group that wins, you get to participate in the winnings as well. We have created another monetary aspect to encourage participation. That's only with members who use it. If someone has the motivation to tell others about this, then we reward them. Especially now when people are hardwired with networking through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and all that, might as well give them another incentive. In the end, it would be really fantastic if someone brought someone in that made a group hit the lotto, and one way or another you get to win too.

SC: What are some of the new apps or features for the website in the future?

RVD: Right now, we have a new app to practice picking the lotto numbers. Out of two circles with slots, each containing some number, you have to pick 6, then a ball shoots out and lands on one of the squares and it lets you know if you have picked the right number. You can play it again and again and it starts charting your results.

It's really fun, once you get going is very simple and I find it a bit addictive, actually. The other thing we are going to do, that's been asked for and people want, is to develop more practice apps. So we are going to have more numbers to remote-view if you want, colors, shapes, a card deck, and images. So you can actually stay there practicing different remote-views for as long as you want. We will have five or six of these things so that people can practice and get into that state and then they can do their remote-views for the lotto membership and also for the daily remote-view as well.

We have also a crowd-focusing app where if you are a subscriber and a member of a crowd-focus group, it shows you the numbers of that group in a black screen, and each numbers fades in and out over a period of time for you to focus on.

We can see statistically that the average time spent on the site is starting to go up. We are creating more engagement, more gratification, and it's free to members. With more training apps and because it's fun and you are going to be able to test yourself — whether you're on or not — eventually, there are going to be some prizes as well.

SC: What has been people’s response and comments from those who participate in the site?

RVD: We are getting a lot of positive feedback from people for whom this is really working. The whole idea of playing has more excitement, it makes them participate more and that is what we want. Even for us as the owners of the site, we have our own limitations sometimes for doing it regularly. I know myself, how I operate and work: I get busy. These are the features that we want to include because we recognize that in order to make it go in the direction we want it, we need to make this more engaging, more interesting, and easier to connect to. We are also developing a mobile version, so people who are on their smart phones can also participate, which is high priority. There are all sorts of things that we are moving towards, and we are going as fast as we can under limited resources.

Our goal is to bolster self-confidence and believe in ourselves, to go from self-doubt and skepticism to saying, "Look. Here's the data. It's obviously working."

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