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Dr. Barry Taff, who holds a doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering, is a world-renowned parapsychologist who worked out of UCLA's former parapsychology laboratory from 1969 through 1978 as a research associate. During his 43-year career, Dr. Taff has investigated more than 4,500 cases of ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists and conducted extensive studies in telepathy and precognition, which led to the development of the initial protocols and methodologies for what was later termed "remote viewing." He was also himself investigated as a psychic subject in 1969, the results of which were published in Behavioral Neuropsychiatry, "A Laboratory Investigation of Telepathy: The Study of A Psychic," Vol. 6, Nos. 1-12, April-December 1974-January-March, 1975.
One of the cases Dr. Taff investigated in 1974 gained international fame as the book and motion picture The Entity, starring Barbara Hershey, released by Fox in 1983. Dr. Taff served as technical adviser on The Entity as well as being represented in the film by the character of "Gene Kraft". What's unknown by the media is the fact that, in real life, The Entity followed its female victim for quite some time after our initial investigation, continuing its vociferous nature. The Entity's real-life victim, Doris Bither, (a.k.a. Doris Donner & Doris McGowan) passed away at the age of 58 in 1999 of cardiopulmonary failure. While it was stated that her death was the result multiple organ failure, the precise cause of such untimely organ failure was never medically determined.
Dr. Taff has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including CBS News, KNBC News, KABC News, Strange Universe, Unsolved Mysteries, The Joan River's Show, A Current Affair, Hard Copy, Sightings, Judge for Yourself, The Extraordinary, The Montel Williams Show, The Wil Shriner Show, The Suzanne Sommers Show, was a recurring guest on NBC's The Other Side, Haunted History, Mysteries & Scandals, ABC's World's Scariest Ghosts Caught On Tape, The Girls Next Door and most recently the Sci-Fi Channel's An Unknown Encounter & California's Most Haunted (highest rated shows in Sci-Fi's history) for which Dr. Taff also served as creative consultant and technical adviser.
He has consulted for government, business, and law enforcement, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Language Institute (DLI), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the FBI, Interpol, LAPD, California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department, and the Westminster Police Department. He has served as a technical advisor or script doctor on the films Logan's Run, Demon Seed, Altered States, Poltergeist, and The Entity.
In the spring of 2010, Dr. Taff's new book Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unknown was published by Cosmic Pantheon Press (www.cosmicpantheon.com).