In a recent book, a neuroscientist affiliated with Northwestern University makes an astonishing claim. Between 15 and 30 percent of human beings, says Dr. Julia Mossbridge, have had dreams that accurately predict future events. And in a personal essay published on Wednesday by Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, Mossbridge says that she, herself, has experienced a “precognition.”
“I believe it saved my life, or at least spared my family and me from serious injury.”
Mossbridge describes an incident in which she felt inexplicably compelled to check that her son’s bicycle was locked in her home’s garage. In doing so, she noticed something — an electrical meter at the back of the house was in flames. She believes the fire is the reason she felt an irresistible urge to enter the garage.
“It was as if the future had reached out, gently pulled me forward and given me a glimpse of what needed to be done.”
The neuroscientist conducted a research project at Northwestern in which she analyzed 32 years’ worth of scientific studies examining the phenomenon of precognition, the ability of the human mind and body to predict future events.
“When you add all these experiments together, it became clear the human body goes through changes in advance of future important events — alerting our non-conscious minds seconds earlier to what is likely to happen,” the neuroscientist wrote.
“Most (scientists) don’t know how rigorous these studies are,” Mossbridge told the Times of Israel in a recent interview.
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But Mossbridge is careful to state that she does not believe that precognition is the same as psychic ability, according to a report on her research by Live Science. Instead, Mossbridge said, precognition is a physiological response of the human body, a biological function that would conform to scientific laws. The phenomenon seems paranormal only because those laws are not currently understood by science.
“This evidence suggests the effect is real but small,” she told Live Science So the question is: How does it work?”
In her book co-written with author Theresa Cheung, The Premonition Code: The Science of Precognition, How Sensing the Future Can Change Your Life, Mossbridge says she presents “revolutionary new research showing that sensing the future is possible.”
For readers who believe that they have had dreams, or other experiences, that have predicted the future, Mossbridge offers a set of criteria to determine whether the experience was genuine precognition, according to the Daily Mail summary of her book.
• Specificity. Be sure that a dream or experience has at least two specific, common points with the actual event.
• Proximity in time. Except in cases where the precognition is extraordinarily accurate, such as a prediction of winning lottery numbers, there should be no more than one week between the premonition and the event it predicts.
• Lack of other explanations. Be sure that there is no other way to explain the connection between the dream or precognitive experience and the following, real event.
“I believe that as science advances, precognition will come to be more fully understood and even accepted as normal,” Mossbridge wrote.