The Joint Staff
Subject: Letter of Support for Mr. Guy Savelli
Lucius A. Taylor IV
This is to state my experiences of Special Forces Company Commander with
Mr. Guy Savelli's efforts to improve human performance and to urge the
establishment of a program for research and exploitation of possible applications.
I have known Mr. Savelli for 4 years, since we contracted for his services
in Company C, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, at Fort Davis Panama.
His individual training course instilled fundamental improvements in mental
and physical performance for most participants. While about 5 percent did
not benefit significantly, the main group of students experienced measurable
improvements of duty performance involving individual tactical movement
and shooting skills. Most felt a heightened clarity of mental awareness
and improvement in mental capability, although we did not test these assertions.
A very few, perhaps 3 percent, experienced remarkable, profound improvements
and became avid practitioners of certain of Mr. Savelli's techniques.
While Guy Savelli's efforts could benefit from more academic and scientific
rigor, he has done a remarkable job...as much as one man could possibly
accomplish with so few resources. He is pioneering in a field that is startling
and new, ever vulnerable to ridicule from closed minds. It is a testament
to Guy's personal moral courage that he has sought out to explore controversial
possibilities with the US Army--among some of the most conservative minds
in the world.
Unfortunately, most in the US military are currently in the highly conservative
mindset of the drawdown, in which no new action is undertaken without the
greatest of caution. Under present conditions, average commanders (and
probably most government lab officials) would be hesitant to explore this
kind of controversial phenomena. In the present zero-defect environment,
either success or failure in this kind of further complication is the fact
that Mr. Savelli's effects are achieved mostly through the fundamental
modification of human belief. Conventional scientific inquiry, which is
by nature deeply skeptical, might suppress subtle effects through the very
acts of measurement and quantification. Earlier research in this field
is scanty and conflicting, and frequently inconclusive.
The difficulties with this kind of undertaking are surmountable through
the careful design of the plan of action. One thing is certain, though:
Mr. Savelli will need open-minded management and technical assistance if
his discoveries are to survive.
Failure to fully explore the possibilities here are shortsighted. If I
had the authority, I would institute and resource a program to study, organize,
develop, and exploit Mr. Savelli's initiatives. Despite the risk, the benefits
which could be realized by mankind from an effective new human performance
enhancement discipline could be huge. In addition to the military, education,
health, commerce, and industry stand to benefit.
Lieutenant Colonel, US Army
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