There have been prophets and soothsayers throughout time; some were thought to be legitimate and many were not. We live in a world that is very skeptical, but could there be any real scientific proof that people can see into the future?
One of the criticisms has been that these prophets take their cues from the external environment. For example if someone was on the corner of your street yelling I predict that Canada will have snow this winter; you would think that that is not much of a prediction and people would just laugh or ignore that person. However, if that same person was yelling on the street that five years from now a big earthquake will cause coastal California to break off and submerge into the ocean, some people will believe that. Edgar Casey the man named as the sleeping profit predicted such events in the 1940s, while many believers maintain that the destruction will happen because of the San Andreas Fault.
Research coming out of Northwestern University research maintains that it may be true that certain people can predict the future without external cues from the environment. There assumptions were a result of a study of 26 cases.
“Researchers already know that our subconscious minds sometimes know more than our conscious minds. Physiological measures of subconscious arousal, for instance, tend to show up before conscious awareness that a deck of cards is stacked against us.” However, it has not certain whether predictions are based solely on the individuals psychic ability or whether certain cues from the world has influenced the predictions. This phenomenon is called “presentment” however; researchers are not convinced that people are really sensing what will happen in the future.
“I like to call the phenomenon ‘anomalous anticipatory activity,’“said Julia Mossbridge, lead author of the study and research associate in the Visual Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern. “The phenomenon is anomalous, some scientists argue, because we can’t explain it using present-day understanding about how biology works; though explanations related to recent quantum biological findings could potentially make sense. It’s anticipatory because it seems to predict future physiological changes in response to an important event without any known clues, and it’s an activity because it consists of changes in the cardiopulmonary, skin and nervous systems.”
It appears that more testing in needed to convince the scientific community however, they are starting to test the idea, which in and of itself is a breakthrough.