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A quiz about precognitive dreams

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I have prepared a small quiz to probe public opinión about precognitive dreams and their scientific study. A dozen people answered including NASA astronomer Paul Kalas and author of the book “The Oneironauts” and Spanish psychic Juan Diego Jimenez Soler, author of the book Premoniciones (in Spanish). 

The questions are:

 

Q1: What is your profession?

Q2: Do you keep a dream journal?

Q3: Do you think dreams predict real events through some unknown physical or metaphysical mechanisms rather than subconscious evaluations or mere coincidences?

Q4: If yes, how often do you have dreams like that?

Q5: What are the typical topics of your precognitive dreams?

Q6: Have you dreamt about any significant public/national/international event?

Q7: Can you describe briefly some outstanding examples?

Q8: Why do you think, these particular dreams represent precognition rather than a mere coincidence or a subconscious calculus of probabilities?

Q9: Have you published any of your dreams in a precognition registry, a book, blog, another social web, etc.?

Q10: Do you use or take advantage of precognition in some way?

Q11: Do you think anyone can have precognitive dreams?

Q12: How do you think precognition is possible? Are you familiar with any theories about it?

Q13: Do you think physicists, psychologists, and neurologists as opposed to parapsychologists should research precognition?

Q14: Do you think it is a good idea to attempt drawing the attention of such scientists by creating a specialized database where anyone can write, draw, prove, read, and vote precognitive dreams?

Q15: Do you have any particular approach of incubating or enhancing precognitive dreams and what is it if yes?

 

You can check most of the answers on this Reddit thread.

 

Bellow are my own answers:

 

Answers by Steve Randolf

 

Q1: What is your profession?

Materials scientist.

Q2: Do you keep a dream journal?

Yes, I do.

Q3: Do you think dreams predict real events through some unknown physical or metaphysical mechanisms rather than subconscious evaluations or mere coincidences?

While some dream images might coincide with real events due to subconscious perceptions and evaluations or even due to mere coincidence (see more about that in my article about how to recognize precognitive dreams), it appears that everyone here agrees that there are cases of true precognition, in which these explanations are highly improbable. I think the mechanism is a physical one and it is a matter of time for people to discover what exactly it is. There are some clues already, which I will mention briefly in my answer to Q12.

Q4: If yes, how often do you have dreams like that?

I think the number of precognitive dreams that one has depends on the number of dreams and detail one is capable of recalling every day, among other factors. Currently, I have about 2 or 3 precognitive dreams per month. Bruce Siegel states that 25 % of his dreams are precognitive (in his book Dreaming The Future: How our dreams prove psychic ability is real, and why it matters).

Q5: What are the typical topics of your precognitive dreams?

I often have dreams about my job situation, but also about things that I will read/see.

Q6: Have you dreamt about any significant public/national/international event?

Yes, I have had a few such dreams.

Q7: Can you describe briefly some outstanding examples?

I dreamt about the Kursk submarine accident while it was occurring. I was part of a submarine's crew and I had that horrible feeling that there was an emergency and things were going really bad.

I also dreamt about several wars and economic crises before they occurred.

In December 2019, I had a few dreams that put me alert about the coronavirus. The most explicit one was about me observing an infectious black substance covering everything in a factory. In another one, I was in a church and I had to write a birthday dedication in a notebook, but it was full of dedications. I also saw the image of a colleague of mine in an altar. In another one, human bodies were falling from the sky. In yet another one, I was on a train and people were dying apparently due to someone killing them through food poisoning. You can read that series of dreams in more detail here.

Q8: Why do you think, these particular dreams represent precognition rather than a mere coincidence or a subconscious calculus of probabilities?

My life was very nice and calm when each one of these nightmarish dreams occurred. Neither before nor afterward have I dreamed anything similar. The feeling transmitted to me by those dreams was surprisingly anxious given my situation at that moment. I was sure people were going to die.

Q9: Have you published any of your dreams in a precognition registry, a book, blog, another social web, etc.?

I have started a project called Psioneirology, aiming at bringing the attention of science to precognition, by providing timestamped and illustrated dream material. Lately, I have also been contributing to Quora.

Q10: Do you use or take advantage of precognition in some way?

Yes, I do. Thanks to dreams, I have been prepared psychologically for many real-life situations, often related to my studies/job. As I said above, they have also given me insights about some public events.

Q11: Do you think anyone can have precognitive dreams?

Yes, I do. Based on my conversations with friends and on what can be read in books and blogs about precognition I can say that it appears that any person can have precognitions if he/she remembers his/her dreams. Also, possibly the phenomenon can be enhanced by practice. That is corroborated by famous psychic Zak Martin, collaborating with police on criminal cases, in his book How to develop your ESP.

Q12: How do you think precognition is possible? Are you familiar with any theories about it?

Humans’ perception of time flowing always in the same direction from past to future in a steady fashion is not supported by physical theories and measurements. Physics nowadays assumes that time can be stretched (relativistic time dilation), can go backward (quantum mechanics), or even stop (e.g. in a black hole). Time reversal is even used as a routine tool in theoretical physics. So, from a physical point of view precognition is not an impossible phenomenon. Precognition is commonly explained in terms of information exchange between parallel universes (see e.g. Dunne’s book An experiment with time or Paul Kalas’ book The Oneironauts). Some recognized theoretical scientists (e.g. Roger Penrose and Stewart Hameroff) are convinced quantum entanglement plays an important role in human consciousness. While it is not clear how that can advance future information, it looks like a good track to follow, especially having in mind that multiple research teams are performing experiments showing that the principle of causality is not always observed in the quantum world.

Q13: Do you think physicists, psychologists, and neurologists as opposed to parapsychologists should research precognition?

Yes, I do. I do not think that precognition should be labeled with funny names usually used about dubious phenomena and pseudoscience. It is a real phenomenon, requiring a multidisciplinary study by physicists, biochemists, experts in consciousness, experts in artificial intelligence, etc.

Q14: Do you think it is a good idea to attempt drawing the attention of such scientists by creating a specialized database where anyone can write, draw, prove, read, and vote precognitive dreams?

I am absolutely convinced that it is, which is why I created precisely such a database.

Q15: Do you have any particular approach of incubating or enhancing precognitive dreams and what is it if yes?

I have not found any except writing down and analyzing my dreams in as much detail as possible.

 

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Steve Randolf

I am very interested in precognitive dreams!

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