Is Precognition Real? New Study Shows Some Evidence That the Human Mind Can Perceive the Future

Minority ReportThis study from Professor Daryl Bem at Cornell University certainly is interesting, but what’s even more interesting is the scientific establishment doesn’t seem to be bashing his work. Check out it for yourself. Ben Goertzel writes on h+ magazine:

According to today’s conventional scientific wisdom, time flows strictly forward — from the past to the future through the present. We can remember the past, and we can predict the future based on the past (albeit imperfectly) — but we can’t perceive the future.

But if the recent data from the lab of Prof. Daryl Bem at Cornell University is correct, conventional scientific wisdom may need some corrections on this particular point.

In a research paper titled “Feeling the Future,” recently accepted for Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Bem presents some rather compelling empirical evidence that in some cases — and with weak but highly statistically significant accuracy – many human beings can directly perceive the future. Not just predict it based on the past.

A pre-publication copy of Bem’s paper is available on his website, and it should appear on the journal’s website shortly. The article is already attracting considerable attention, including a piece in Psychology Today. Also, Bem reports that he has already received hundreds of requests
for “replication packages” — documentation and software allowing others to repeat the experiments he did. If you want to try to replicate the work yourself, replication packages for some of the experiments are already available at http://dbem.ws/psistuff

If Bem’s results are indeed replicated, this will shock some scientists, but many others will say “I told you so.” A 2002 survey by the US National Science Foundation shows that 60% of adult Americans agree that some individuals possess psychic powers. The percentage of scientists holding such opinions is much lower — but there is a small community of scientists, such as Dr. Bem, working to reconcile popular intuitions about paranormal phenomena with the scientific method and world-view.

Read More of Ben Goertzel’s article at h+ magazine

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  • Namelesswon

    News just in; A new study which shows a previous study on precognition turned out to be bullshiiiieeet.

  • Namelesswon

    News just in; A new study which shows a previous study on precognition turned out to be bullshiiiieeet.

    • GoodDoktorBad

      I predicted someone would say that.

      • DeepCough

        Your prediction was only right due to a 2/3 majority.

  • Andrew

    I knew someone would post an excerpt of this article here.

  • Andrew

    I knew someone would post an excerpt of this article here.

  • Anonymous

    I predicted someone would say that.

  • DeepCough

    Your prediction was only right due to a 2/3 majority.

  • Synapse

    People are not precognizant, they’re just good at guessing… Sometimes.

  • Synapse

    People are not precognizant, they’re just good at guessing… Sometimes.

  • Ironaddict06

    Why the bashing? I’m sure most people have experinced Precognition, sometime in their life. Maybe you were in a situation, where you could sense something was not right, but your surroundings look normal? Maybe you had a thought, a number or name, and that number or name pops up?
    I’m sure most have heard of PROJECT STARGATE? http://www.remoteviewed.com/remote_viewing_history_military.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargate_Project
    This project wasn’t so much Prcognition, but what the human psyche can detect.

    • ralph

      Thanks Iron for the links. I’m not perceiving these comments as bashing, I’m actually always relieved when disinfo.com readers have a sense of humor about things. In that context, we have some clever humorists among us. Thanks for the comments.

    • Namelesswon

      You obviously havent heard about Project Numb Nuts which took over from Project Stargate when it was disbanded by the Shadow Masterzzz after the Obsidian manifesto during the Plaedian occupation of Moon Base Arse. Dude you need to keep up with your conspiracy websites

  • Ironaddict06

    Why the bashing? I’m sure most people have experinced Precognition, sometime in their life. Maybe you were in a situation, where you could sense something was not right, but your surroundings look normal? Maybe you had a thought, a number or name, and that number or name pops up?
    I’m sure most have heard of PROJECT STARGATE? http://www.remoteviewed.com/remote_viewing_history_military.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargate_Project
    This project wasn’t so much Prcognition, but what the human psyche can detect.

  • http://disinfo.com ralph

    Thanks Iron for the links. I’m not perceiving these comments as bashing, I’m actually always relieved when disinfo.com readers have a sense of humor about things. In that context, we have some clever humorists among us. Thanks for the comments.

  • Namelesswon

    You obviously havent heard about Project Numb Nuts which took over from Project Stargate when it was disbanded by the Shadow Masterzzz after the Obsidian manifesto during the Plaedian occupation of Moon Base Arse. Dude you need to keep up with your conspiracy websites

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  • Kdhfiesejnr

    Why is this a shock? Do people really think they they know all the ways communication is possible? Or that they know everything? It amazes me that people are willing to accept an omnipotent god but not that there still are mysteries in this world. All this proves, I think, is the utter arrogance bred into this era of people.

  • Kdhfiesejnr

    Why is this a shock? Do people really think they they know all the ways communication is possible? Or that they know everything? It amazes me that people are willing to accept an omnipotent god but not that there still are mysteries in this world. All this proves, I think, is the utter arrogance bred into this era of people.

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