Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Does Precognition Foresee the Future? a Postal Experiment to Assess the Possibility of True Precognition

Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Does Precognition Foresee the Future? a Postal Experiment to Assess the Possibility of True Precognition

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ABSTRACT: There has been a long-standing controversy in parapsychology as to whether true precognition is possible. A number of people have argued that what appears to be precognitively gained information could be due to real-time psi alternatives instead (see, e.g., Griffin, 1993; Morris, 1982). Although one might expect it to be easier to know whether experimental results are due to real-time or precognitive ESP, it is rarely the case that precognition experiments do successfully rule out real-time alternatives (see Morris, 1982).

In this respect Morris (1982) noted that a number of experiments using stock-market figures to determine the precognitive target have produced nonsignificant results. Because stock market figures are of huge financial interest and importance to a large number of people, it is unlikely that an experimenter or participant manipulation of the stock market through PK could be responsible for the selection of a favorable target; other people would have far greater incentive to use their PK for this purpose. Moreover, stock market figures are very unpredictable. Real-time ESP and deduction is therefore similarly unlikely to be feasible in this situation. Thus, true precognition may not be possible after all.

The current experiment tested this idea. The experiment was conducted through the post. Participants had to gain some kind of imagery about a picture they would later receive through the mail. They then had to rate four target possibilities (i.e., pictures) to indicate which of the four pictures most closely matched their mentation. …

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