So far in this study certain factors are arising. First of all, culture seems to play an important part in what is paranormal. Second, far more information enters the mind than we consciously realize.
And finally, the ‘tags’ we use for a particular phenomenon hide the fact that there could be ‘mechanisms’ that can answer many phenomena. Could these elements provide an answer for premonition?
We can ‘see’ the future in many ways. Typical is the precognitive dream, where a person dreams of a coming major disaster. However, looking at the literature of such abilities, they usually arise when there are fears in society of a particular kind of disaster. Hence, culture predisposes the dreamer to dream such things.
We can combine this with chance. On any night in the UK, for instance, there will be well over a quarter million nightmares. Combine this fact with cultural disposition and it is statistically inevitable that some people will have nightmares that can be accurately compared to a disaster that occurs a few days later.
Other premonitions are more personal. A typical case will be of someone dreaming of an explosion and, in a half-awake state, taking action to remove themselves and family from the scene. Moments later, the building blows up following a gas leak.
To answer this and similar cases perhaps we need to look at the wider information we unconsciously receive about our environment. So unconsciously the mind registers gas. A dream image surfaces into the mind, makes the person restless, and just conscious enough to act upon the information.
Of course, these ideas do not cover all of premonition – we will return to the subject later – but it begins to suggest that what we class as a premonition is nothing more than unconscious analysis of the present.
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