Recent work at the outer limits of scientific enquiry has had some success in looking at the phenomonon of presentiment (knowing stuff is going to happen before it happens) Research in this area that mainstream science has previously been dismissive of is discovering that our bodies anticipate events below our level of normal conscious awareness. This, if translated down to the cellular level (search the SR archives on "quantum biology"). www.schwartzreport.net is entirely consistent with the work already done in Quantum Entanglements.
Though I am a cynic (A true cynic who questions everything, not a science pseud who sneers at everything that does not fit neatly into a mathematical model of reality) and therefore reserve judgement on this because findings as yet are far from proof, I do not reject it either because as a true cynic I look to my own experience of pre cognition and those described to me by perfectly rational, level headed people. Many people are dismissive of the idea that our bodies might have precognitive ability and thus are able to prepare us for future events that could be very important to us, even if there's no clue about what those events will be? WOW, you might well say, that would be almost as good as being a Jedi Knight, how can I get such powers, you might well ask?
Maybe you have already have experienced such abilities at work in yourself or observed them in others. Chances are you will only have talked about your experiences to people you trust implicitly. But what if I were to tell you work carried out by the science faculty of several respectable universities shows presentiment without any external clues may, in fact, be a reality. According to new Northwestern University research that analyzes the results of 26 studies published between 1978 and 2010 this is the case.
I can almost hear the mathematics worshippers screming in outrage already, but remember Mathematics is not a science it is an art, an artifice, not a thing of nature but a creation of the human mind. So where does the research on presentiment stand? 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.
Julia Mossbridge, lead author of the study and research associate in the Visual Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern said, "What has not been clear is whether humans have the ability to predict future important events even without any clues as to what might happen,"
Ms Mossbridge gives an example. A person playing a video game at work while wearing headphones, for example, can't hear when his or her boss is coming around the corner.
"But our analysis suggests that if you were tuned into your body, you might be able to detect these anticipatory changes between two and 10 seconds beforehand and close your video game," Mossbridge said. "You might even have a chance to open that spreadsheet you were supposed to be working on. And if you were lucky, you could do all this before your boss entered the room."
This phenomenon is sometimes called "precognition," as in "knowing the future," but Mossbridge said she and other researchers are not sure whether people are really sensing the future.
"I like to call the phenomenon 'anomalous anticipatory activity,'" she said. "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."
The study, "Predictive Physiological Anticipation Preceding Seemingly Unpredictable Stimuli: A Meta-Analysis," is in the current edition of Frontiers in Perception Science. In addition to Mossbridge, co-authors of the study include Patrizio Tressoldi of the Università di Padova, Padova, Italy, and Jessica Utts of the University of California, Irvine.