In this extract from The Premonition Code: The Science of Precognition, How Sensing the Future Can Change Your Life by Julia Mossbridge and Theresa Cheung the authors describe the science behind precognition and what defines the difference between a precognitive experience and a coincidence. This information sets the basis for refining your precognitive skills and becoming a “precog.”
The Science of Precognition
Precognition is the scientific name for a group of abilities that have to do with knowing or using information about the future without drawing on information from the five senses, memory, or logic. Premonitions are one of those abilities – a premonition is a feeling or sense about a future event. But precognition includes premonition as well as other ways of knowing, so precognition is the umbrella term that includes premonitions. So, what exactly is precognition, again?
If every Thursday you get a call from Aunt Millie, it’s not precognition to feel like she’ll call on a Thursday. If it’s raining, it’s not precognition to bring an umbrella out so you don’t get wet. If a particular subject in school is difficult for you and you haven’t studied for a test, a dream that you might fail the test would not be considered precognitive, though it might be tragically accurate! In addition, there’s always coincidence – which can explain a lot.
To be reasonably convinced that genuine precognition has occurred in your daily life, you would need to meet all of the following criteria:
- Two or more correspondences between the precognition and the event.
- A reasonably short delay between the precognition and the event.
- No way of predicting or causing the event yourself in the normal course of your daily life, even using your unconscious mind.
- Extra credit if you record the experience before the event occurs (so you don’t fool yourself with false memories).
Here are two of many examples of spontaneous precognitive experiences that fit these requirements:
- Craig Hendricks, a 65-year-old retired US Army Officer Sergeant 1st Class who now lives in San Diego, California, tells a story of a compulsion he had while in the Joint Inter- Agency Task Force in Baghdad. “We had a trailer, there were 20 of us with our computers. We were doing research. One day as I was sitting there in this air-conditioned space, it occurred to me that I needed to get an ice tea. I never drank ice tea. We had plenty of cold water and it was 112°F outside. But I had this thought – ‘I really want some ice tea.’ It was almost a conversation within my own mind. I said, ‘Nah, don’t think so.’ The thought came up again, ‘Go get some tea.’ I said, ‘No, I really don’t think so.’ The voice was insistent. ‘You need to go get some tea!’ I said, ‘I refuse to. It’s ridiculous. I will not.’ Finally, it asked again, and I decided it was a good time for a break. I left my office, sweating like a dog, and walked to the compound to get the ice tea. Then I headed back to the trailer. The trailer was in a security compound, and when I returned, it was all secured. I wasn’t allowed in. I wondered why, and later found out that about a minute after I’d left, a 120mm rocket had impacted right next to the trailer; stuck like a dart into the ground. It would have killed anyone in the vicinity – but it was not fused correctly. It could have killed me just by impact, even if it didn’t explode.” What are the two correspondences here? They are the feeling of urgency and Craig’s leaving the trailer to go to the compound. If Craig had just felt that he wanted ice tea but not in an urgent way, the story would not seem so precognitive – he would have been feeling he wanted ice tea when the rocket hit. Or if Craig urgently felt he wanted something to drink, but he just got some water from the trailer, no impressive precognition. In order for us to call this experience a genuinely precognitive one, Craig had to decide he urgently wanted to do something that could only be achieved by leaving the trailer and going far away in order to avoid the rocket strike.
- Here’s a precognition experience with all the elements plus extra credit. According to a newspaper story in January 2018, a Virginian named Victor Amole dreamed about the numbers 3-10-17-26-32. He had never had a dream like that before. He decided to enter the lottery using those numbers. In fact, he entered four times. He won, each ticket being worth $100,000. Five numbers (five correspondences), all recorded before the event. In this case, the odds of anyone’s dream of five random numbers being accurate are easy to calculate – according to the Virginia lottery, they were 1 in 278,256 for that draw.
While some scientists who study precognition study spontaneous precognition (outside the lab), most of them study precognition using controlled tests administered in the lab or over the internet. Instead of going through all the results from these studies, here is a summary: there is statistically impressive evidence for both conscious and unconscious precognition, based on careful studies. And a thing called unconscious precognition – in other words, precognition that we don’t notice in our daily lives because we’re not conscious of it – seems to be relatively commonplace. For example, a 2012 analysis of 26 experiments found that physiological changes occur before emotional events that do not occur as often before boring events. These are changes in heart rate, sweat, respiration and behaviour, and they occur seconds before violent or erotic images are randomly selected to be shown to people volunteering for these experiments.
Because of these kinds of results, precognition is becoming a hot topic in the research world. This doesn’t mean precognition research is uncontroversial. Check any Wikipedia entry for any of the researchers we have discussed here – or just read the entry for “precognition”, and you will see that the mainstream scientific view, which Wikipedia represents well, is: “As with other forms of extrasensory perception, there is no reliable scientific evidence that precognition is a real ability possessed by anyone and it is widely considered to be pseudoscience.” Luckily, this kind of uninformed view is largely ignored by the scientists who see the data first hand.
Theresa Cheung has a Masters degree from King’s College Cambridge and has spent the last twenty years writing bestselling books and encyclopedias about the psychic world. Two of her paranormal titles reached The Sunday Times top ten and her international bestseller, The The Dream Dictionary, regularly bounces to number 1 on the Amazon dreams bestsellers chart.
Julia Mossbridge MA, PhD is a cognitive neuroscientist and director of the Innovation Lab at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and visiting scholar in psychology at Northwestern University. She is the author of Transcendent Mind, one of the first academic books to examine paranormal experiences, published by the American Psychological Association in 2017. Her research focus at IONS is precognition and the possibility of time travel.
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Watkins Publishing; New edition edition (October 16, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1786781611
- ISBN-13: 978-1786781611