Precognition – We can see the future?!

In a paper about to be published, Daryl J. Bem of Cernell University, claims that we may actually be able to “Feel the future”. His paper is entitled “Feeling the Future: Experimental Evidence for Anomalous Retroactive Influences on Cognition and Affect”, and is due to be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology this year.

In his paper he explains his experiments of over 1000 student volunteers indicate that precognition or psi may actually be a valid phenomenon.

Skeptics of the paper have come out saying that even though they find it rediculas, there are no real major faults in the paper.

Tests in the past have indicated that the human brain may be able to preempt emotioins to images that have yet to be seen but this paper goes over many past experiments as well as his own.

Interestingly  Bem has done experiments in reversed order, to study the reverse effect of older experiments also. In one experiment, students were shown a list of words. They were then asked to recall words from that list, then were told to type words that had been randomly selected from the same list. Interestingly the students recalled the words that they would later type.

Another experiment adapted from “priming” – the effect of subliminally presenting a word in response to an image; Bem for example flashed a word like “ugly” but associated it with an image regarded as not ugly, and found it took longer for the test subject to rationalise the feeling of the image.

The paper is linked above and New Scientist elaborates below:

Is this evidence that we can see the future? – life – 11 November 2010 – New Scientist.

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