A scientific study (or should I say studies?) has(ve) demonstrated another fascinating feature of the human body: it can ‘detect‘ events up to ten seconds before they actually happen. Yeah, sort of like Spiderman.
Obviously, it would be beyond fantastic – and very useful – for our bodies to prepare us for future events that could be important for us, even in the absence of any key or reference to such events.
But is it possible that our bodies are capable of something like this?
According to researchers at Northwestern University in the United States: the answer is simple: yes.
Scientists have reached this conclusion from the review of the results of 26 studies conducted between 1978 and 2010.
It seems that we have a lot to learn about our bodies, don’t we?
According to the reports published by the Northwestern University in a statement, it was known that our subconscious mind sometimes knows more than our conscious mind. Cool, right?
For example, in physiological measurements, it has been shown that the organism presents unconscious responses before certain information reaches our consciousness.
Regarding situations of danger, in 2005 a study carried out by researchers from the University of Washington revealed that there is an area of the brain that acts as an alert system in case of risk, which is able to warn us, but has also the ability to ‘detect0 new threats.
I already feel like Spiderman. But should I?
As explained by experts, what wasn’t that clear was if humans have the ability to predict important future events, even without any clue as to what is going to happen?
The Boss situation.
Imagine yourself sitting at your desk, during a boring day at work and deciding to turn on that awesome game you just bought on your mobile phone. You put on your headphones and immerse yourself into the awesome game.
Obviously, as you are enjoying the game, and have your headphones maxed out, you wouldn’t notice your boss slowly walking towards you, right?
But you may be wrong.
According to experts, scientific studies suggest that if you were in tune with your own body, you would actually be able to detect these anticipatory changes between two and 10 seconds before (the boss arrives) and close the game in time.
It’s almost as if your body acts like a time machine, traveling in your subconsciousness into the future, and seeing what will happen, and returning just in time to warn your consciousness.
It’s not a superpower, it’s called Precognition.
Its also called prescience, future vision, future sight and ‘officially’ it is an alleged psychic ability to see events in the future.
“Pre cognition refers to the noninferential prediction of future events.” (source)
And we can learn more about it in a study published in the Joujournalontiers in Human Neuroscience titled “Predicting the unpredictable: critical analysis and practical implications of predictive anticipatory activity”
This study examined a number of experiments about prescience, or Precognition that were conducted by several different laboratories.
Surprisingly–or unsurprisingly depending on how you look at things–the studied show that the human body does indeed have the ability to detect randomly delivered stimuli that happen 1-10 seconds into the future.
This means that the human body has the ability to foresee an event and react to it before the event has occurred.
However, if we actually Google the concept we will come across an article on Wikipedia that labels it as “pseudoscience”.
“There is no accepted scientific evidence that precognition exists and it is widely considered to be pseudoscience.”
Scientists agree that the phenomenon itself is not normal, because it can not be explained by our current understanding of the functioning of biology. However, there are other explanations linked to quantum biology findings (about how the behavior of subatomic particles affect the living world) that could help all this make more sense.
This phenomenon seems to predict future physiological modifications in response to certain events without known key factors, and it is active because it consists of changes in the nervous and cardiopulmonary systems, as well as in the skin, conclude scientists.
You can read more about the results of research about Precognition in the journal Frontiers in Perception Science.
A number of studies researching Precognition were performed between 1935 and 1987.
The scientific studies involved attempts of people trying to predict “the identity of target stimuli selected randomly over intervals ranging from several hundred million seconds to one year following the individual’s responses.”
It is believed that the researchers of these studies investigated over 300 studies by over 60 different authors, using approximately 2 million individual trials by more than 50,000 people:
It concluded that their analysis of precognition experiments “confirms the existence of a small but highly significant precognition effect. The effect appears to be repeatable; significant outcomes are reported by 40 investigators using a variety of methodological paradigms and subject populations. The precognition effect is not merely an unexplained departure from a theoretical chance baseline, but rather is an effect that covaries with factors known to influence more familiar aspects of human performance.” Source: Electrodermal Presentiments of Future Emotions