Pre-cognition might really exist, at least in some limited fashion, according to a new study of studies. Humans can anticipate near-future events even without any evidence presaging the event--and apparently without realizing it. One researcher even hints that quantum behavior might be involved.
It's not necessarily extra-sensory perception, but "presentiment" can be real, and it may be based on physiological cues that biology still can't explain. It's something we've all experienced to some degree--like when you just know the driver in the lane next to you is coming over, or when you can feel that your boss is coming down the hall and you'd better look busy.
Predicting the near future is actually very common, notes Julia Mossbridge, lead author of the study and research associate in the Visual Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University. If we see dark clouds and smell the sharp musk of rain, we can deduce that a storm is probably coming. It's the whole where there's smoke, there's fire logic. But even without these sensory clues, humans can react preemptively--there's an unexplained "anticipatory effect," according to Mossbridge's meta-analysis.
"Human physiological measures anticipate what seem to be unpredictable future events by deviating from a baseline before an event occurs," she and her co-authors write.
The study examines other studies that support this hypothesis, and examine how people respond to stimuli. They find a consistent anticipatory effect in various studies, according to the paper. There are several reasons why people seem to be able to predict what will happen, the authors say--it could be "sensory cueing," in which an experimenter gives something away; it could be a matter of inaccurate sensor readings; and it could come from the other studies' data crunching. But that isn't enough to explain this consistent yet small "anomalous anticipatory activity," as Mossbridge dubs it.
"We can't explain it using present-day understanding about how biology works; though explanations related to recent quantum biological findings could potentially make sense," Mossbridge notes in a statement.
Whatever is causing it, she believes the effect is clear--although no one can explain it.
"If this seemingly anomalous anticipatory activity is real, it should be possible to replicate it in multiple independent laboratories," she and her co-authors write. "The cause of this anticipatory activity, which undoubtedly lies within the realm of natural physical processes (as opposed to supernatural or paranormal ones), remains to be determined."
The study appears in the journal Frontiers in Perception Science.
Interesting...I wonder how they establish (or attempt to establish...) causality. Did Schroedinger's dead cat give me a bad feeling about opening the box, or did my bad feeling about the box kill his cat?
Glitch in the matrix?
Yes, humans are an animal and as much as we consider ourselves above the common beast, we come with animal survival instincts, including knowingly anticipating a threat, the boss coming down the hall or the car on the highway about to change lanes. We have notice in the past little signals, from repeated patterns of an upcoming event and yes what this article does not include the times of our anticipation when we are guessing wrong. Still the patterns are there from our inborn instincts. How often have we said these words to ourselves, I knew that was going to happen, why did I ignore my instincts?
I find this article odd in how this all seems new to the writer. The study and concept of marketing development to gain our attention is common knowledge, used and constantly developed.
Then there is the psychology of helping solders returning from battle to help them adjust and turn down those hyper turned up instincts for survival.
Some individual are better at being sensitive to certain things than others and this is where the idea impresses those others as being precognition. It makes for great fiction and science fiction, but in the real world where are these individuals with consistent use of precognition? I think all these people be living in Vegas, lol.
my grandpa, a life long farmer, could walk outside and tell u if and when it would rain that day. no input from a weatherman. he was rarely ever wrong
I don't want to make any claims about me been psychic or any of that stuff. But I have had many pre-cognition experiences. I would like to tell miss Rebecca Boyle about my experience with dreams and extra-sensory perception. I am a normal person, honest and I work as a draftsman. I could have good stories relating this article
Could it have something to do with the Timeless Universe theory and the possibility that the flow of time is an illusion partially due to the limitations of the chemical reactions in our brains which limit the speed at which we can process our existence... Resulting in events having actually finished happening before we perceive them. Which would allow us to potentially get a 'feeling' about them.