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Precognition

Many people report having the feeling that something was about to happen before it actually did. Parapsychology concerns the study of phenomena that seemingly cannot be explained by conventional scientific means. Schmidt designed an experiment in which the participants had the option of either constantly predicting which lamp would light, or to constantly choose a lamp that they thought wouldn’t light. 20,000 trials were made in total. The number of successful predictions was 410 above what would be expected by chance, which is odds of greater that 10 to the power 10 against chance. This and other studies present a convincing argument for the existence of precognition. Some researchers see precognition as something which cannot be explained scientifically, as it appears to defy conventional scientific laws, but this does not men that it cannot exist, as there are many accepted phenomena that seem to disagree with the laws of science. Quantum theory may be especially applicable to precognition where information does not only flow forward, there is a similar implication in precognition that information can be transferred form the future to the present. Many ideas stemming from quantum theory have been suggested as possible explanations for precognitions. However many of the quantum explanations for precognition have been criticised because the researchers have little understating of physic and fail to realise that the quantum ideas they cite cannot be applied to psi phenomena. Further, many quantum concepts are merely hypothetical. Until theories are tested, they are merely speculation. So does precognition actually exist? Evidence suggest that it does, or at any rate, that there is some unknown phenomena at work. Too many studies have produced similar results for the findings to be dismissed as resulting from faulty equipment ore statistical errors. However one difficulty is that in target-guessing tests the accuracy is never 100%, or even close. If precognition is possible it should be possible to always predict events accurately. Infuriatingly, the results from any study examining precognition are always inconclusive. It is true that we shouldn’t jump to conclusion, but it seems as though researchers struggle with the existence of precognition because the concept is so strange and difficult to register. One problem precognition poses is that if it is possible to see the future, than the future must be fixed, and free choice cannot exist. However, it has been suggested that precognition does not enable us to see he definite future, but just one possible future. At the moment there is much speculation, but no conclusion and precognition will continue to intrigue both parapscyhological researchers and the general public alike.

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