The Real Psychic Soldier Behind The Men Who Stare at Goats

Lauren Davis writes on io9.com:

When Jim Channon authored the First Earth Battalion manual, he was hoping to bring warfare into a more humane, modern age. In a new series of columns, he talks about the film and why harnessing the paranormal is so important.

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Jon Ronson, who wrote the book The Men Who Stare at Goats, has taken over the Guardian‘s film section this week, and asked former Lieutenant Colonel Jim Channon, one of the inspirations behind The Men Who Stare at Goats, write a few columns about the film and his ideas. Channon authored the First Earth Battalion manual, which proposed that the US Army modernize warfare by looking toward the human potential movement. Channon suggested engaging the enemy with positive vibrations and offerings of peace, but also suggested that soldiers unlock their potential by practicing meditation and yoga, and that work to develop superhuman abilities such as perceiving auras, teleportation, psychokinesis, and precognition. Ronson discusses Channon’s parapsychology in his book, and many of Channon’s ideas found their way into the film.

In his columns, Channon says that he doesn’t mind that his ideas are being presented as comedy (he calls it “the ultimate roast”), and is just happy that they’ve enjoyed such a long shelf life. After all, he still believes that the ideas he lays out in the First Earth Battalion are still important in the modern age. Modern warfare, he notes, is still extremely violent and psychologically scarring. He believes that, by opening up their perceptions, soldiers can avoid situations where they might be in physical danger or risk killing another human being.

More on io9.com and here’s the trailer for the film:

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  • judy_hollister

    Hollywood's attempt at a serious subject, which in turn is blatantly made into a film to make important issues and history comedy……less important.

    What a tragedy! This movie does not at all follow the truth behind the Real History of the project.

    Mind Control

  • http://hubpages.com/hub/FreeOnlinePsychic David

    The movie was pretty good, not as good as the book though.

  • Anonymous

    The title made me think it’s a movie I would have no interest in but after watching the trailer I called my husband and asked him to pick the DVD on his way home from work. It’s gonna be the best comedy I saw this month, I’m sure of it. Clooney seems to be quite happy with such roles considering the last role he had in “Oh brother where art thou”.
    Cletus Shirley – Psychic Readings

  • CletusShirley

    The title made me think it's a movie I would have no interest in but after watching the trailer I called my husband and asked him to pick the DVD on his way home from work. It's gonna be the best comedy I saw this month, I'm sure of it. Clooney seems to be quite happy with such roles considering the last role he had in “Oh brother where art thou”.
    Cletus Shirley – Psychic Readings

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