Psychic abilities—especially those that seem to predict future events—have been long debated by scientists and scholars. Now new evidence has emerged that appears to support the belief that at least one such power, precognition, really exists. This has led some in the scientific community to ask if such an ability could be used to predict the future. If so, does that mean the future is predetermined and free will is only an illusion?
The questions go beyond science and physics into the realm of metaphysics. And whether precognitive abilities really exist in humans is still a relatively undecided case. Yet numerous past studies have suggested that the power is present in most, if not all, people.
Now the latest study seems to underscore results of other research done since 1880. The scientists found evidence that the human body can anticipate future events without any cues, no matter how subtle. It may seem to violate the laws of causality, but modern research of quantum physics appears to permit retrocausality: an event preceding its cause.
The scientific team's paper, "Predictive physiological anticipation preceding seemingly unpredictable stimuli: a meta-analysis" presents the results of the study conducted by Julia Mossbridge, from Northwestern University in Illinois, Patrizio Tressoldi, from the Università di Padova, Italy and Jessica Utts, from the University of California. The team analyzed subject's reactions to a total of 26 various tests and determined that the participants were able to correctly foresee an extraordinary event was about to occur.
Earlier work also revealed similar results. The Skeptic's Dictionary writes of the research done by physicist and parapsychologist Dr. Helmut Schmidt during the 1960s. He used random event generators in his investigation of micro-psychokinesis (MPK). "According to Dean Radin, over the years Schmidt provided solid scientific support for the MPK hypothesis (or precognition, since there does not seem to be any way to tell the difference between MPK and precognition. Is the mind affecting the outcome of a random event generator or is anticipating what the outcome will be?)"
And williamjames.com suggests that good evidence exists precognition happens despite the seeming paradox with time and space. The website also points to Helmut Schmidt's famous work and explains "Subjects in his experiments were asked to predict the lighting of one of four lamps which was determined by theoretically unpredictable, radioactive decay.
"The results of these experiments were automatically recorded and the device was frequently subjected to tests of its true randomness. The instrument can also be modified for experiments in clairvoyance and psychokinesis. In all three modes of psi testing with the Schmidt device, significant results have consistently been obtained. Many other studies also show precognition."
An experiment at Princeton called "The Global Consciousness Project" used data from a random generator to measure the collective sub-conscious if the world. The program identified a precognitive power within the mass conscious that anticipated major events before they occurred. The most stunning example was the sharp spike in the data graph that happened hours before the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. the morning of September 11, 2001.
The team believes that the ability to foresee future vents is not paranormal or supernatural but a science that's not yet understood.
Not all scientists, however, agree with the study. Some believe the data is skewed, others that the actual tests were unintentionally biased and that resulted in confirmation of a phenomenon that doesn't exist.