02 April 2010


I just watched The Men Who Stare at Goats for the first time last night (I'm way behind on my movie watching... I still haven't seen Inglourious Basterds yet). Anyway, somewhere in the middle of the film it mentions that only 10-15% of green troops actually shoot to kill at an enemy because they can't bring themselves to kill another human being. Is this true? If so, does it apply to a conscription army as well as a volunteer army? Wouldn't a volunteer army naturally preclude people who are squeamish about pulling the trigger?

Also (getting back to the actual plot of the movie) does anybody know of any actual (serious) psi research that the government or anyone else has conducted? If so, the US would have a huge advantage over other, less-psionically advanced countries... and we all know what that would mean.


  1. 1) The statistics, which are true, are based on a conscription army (like we had in both World Wars.) The majority of military training now is based on getting over that.

    2) Yes, we did psi-research. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_viewing#US_government_support

  2. The training now is much better so most soldiers will happily shoot to kill.