Although I don't necessarily consider precognition to be paranormal in nature, many skeptics think it's nonsense and deserves to be lumped in with
topics like ghosts, psychics, etc. Hence I have posted this thread in the Paranormal section.
The big question I wish to ask ATS is if you have ever experienced precognition in any form? It can be defined thusly:
Knowledge of something in advance of its occurrence, especially by extrasensory perception; clairvoyance.
Now I have experienced this a number of times in my life under fairly mundane conditions. Often it would take the form of quietly observing a
conversation amongst friends, when suddenly I would be able to predict what each person in the conversation was about to say before
it. This would only last for a few sentences and then the fact it would be confirmed would leave me dumbfounded and the effect would wear off.
Have you ever experienced this phenomenon? I have spoken to a number of people in my personal life about this and a surprisingly high percentage of
them have experienced this. All of us agree that to say anything before or after the experience to those around us would be pointless. For instance,
if you mention it before hand, then you have no way of confirming the validity of your intuitions as the people engaged in these conversations may not
carry it out the same way since you have made a prediction. If you mention it after the experience, who among them will believe you?
This brings me to the crux of this thread. Assuming this phenomenon is real, what is actually occurring here, and what does it say about the nature of
reality (and free will for that matter)?
Some possible explanations:
-Glitch in "the matrix"
-Some sort of psychic phenomenon
-Rift or glitch in space time, allowing those who perceive the phenomenon to glimpse the immediate future
-Some sort of hiccup in the brain (whereby you have already processed the conversation but your brain hasn't "rendered" it yet, and so you perceive
yourself as knowing what is about to be said)
Naturally the materialist views will likely gravitate towards the last of these possible explanations. So ATS: Have you ever experienced this? If so
what do you think it is? If we can actually know what someone is going to say before they say it, do we even have free will?
Looking forward to hearing your responses.
edit on 12-1-2014 by DeadSeraph because: (no reason given)