Can human beings circumvent their eyes (or lack thereof) and "see" directly with their minds? Research suggests not only that this is possible, but that it may be a teachable skill.
This book, Mindsight, by Kenneth Ring and Sharon Cooper, investigates the claim that blind persons, including those blind from birth, can actually "see" during near-death or out-of-body episodes. The authors present their findings in scrupulous detail, investigating case histories of blind persons who have actually reported visual experiences under these conditions. There is fascinating evidence that the blind do "see" in these moments, but it is not sight as we think of it. Ring and Cooper suggest a kind of "transcendental awareness" they refer to as Mindsight. It involves seeing in detail, sometimes from all angles at once, with everything in focus, and a sense of "knowing" the subject, not just visually, but with multisensory knowledge. This book is an opportunity to assess the evidence for oneself. The book can be ordered here.
Over a period of years (and prior to any public disclosure of the US government's Remote Viewing research) the late Lloyd Hopkins, of Seattle, developed a program for training both sighted and blind people to see directly with their minds. He called this latent faculty "Mind Sight and Percpetion." In 1988 he published his only known book, of which reprints can be ordered here. In 1990 Seattle's KING-TV aired an impressive report on Hopkins' work,in which some of his students passed a number of challenging tests. For example, a blind-from-birth woman successfully identified a series of colors chosen by the news producer. And a young sighted woman was able to read, without hesitation or error, a long article in that morning's newspaper chosen on the spur of the moment by the producer, through a secure-multi-layer blindfold plus a large, solid wooden cutting board held over the newspaper by the producer.