posted on May, 29 2006 @ 03:02 AM
There have been many predictions that have come true. For example, I predict that the sun will come up tomorrow. That is, there will be another day.
I say this to point out that some predictions are based upon information. I have a rudimentary understanding of astronomy and I know that the earth
rotates while in orbit around the sun and that will provide us with another sunny day tomorrow (unless it's overcast).
Most predictions that people make are based upon information. The less substantiated information one has, however, the less likelihood that a
prediction will come true. But sometimes predictions DO come true even though we might have very little or no information about the pertinent
subject. When those predictions come true we often call them intuition, synchronicity or plain lucky.
Some people are "lucky" a lot. Some people seem to have some sort of extrasensory abilities to make predictions that, well, come true. Please note
that I said "seem" to have some sort of ESP ability. There might be an explanation as to why some people are more "lucky" than others in their
predictions. Perhaps it is a form of hyper-vigilance, that is, their senses are attenuated to notice subconscious or even unrelated cues that are
processed, mentally, in ways that are simply different than the way other people process information.
Please note that FBI profilers, while identifying suspects, often make incredibly accurate "predictions" in regards to a suspects description,
psychological make-up, occupation, early childhood development, etc. To some people, their "predictions" might suggest extrasensory abilities
whereas, in reality, it is the development of bits of information (often seemingly unrelated) to develop a larger understanding of the suspect.
Of course, in this thread, I would imagine that you are referring to "predictions" in the greater sense; "the world is going to be hit by a comet
tomorrow", "all the fish in Lake Michigan, will explode", etc. Except for making great headlines for supermarket tabloids, these are usually
unrealized -- except in the most general ways. One fish might explode and the prophecy will be fulfilled. Another aspect is that if you make enough
predictions, one or even some are bound to come true (given time and some basis in reality of the predictions).
Nevertheless, some people DO seem to be able to make predictions that "come true" on a higher than average or chance level. Some are famous people,
some might not be so famous but, nevertheless there are people who do consistently make predictions that do come true. There are many such people --
call them psychics if you want -- who have worked for police departments and government agencies with many reported successes.
While I do understand your skepticism -- a quality that I share -- I am often confronted, through my reading and research, with instances where people
make predictions that come true even though it would appear to be impossible to know such information beforehand.