Possible evidence for precognition?

A paper is about to be published in a peer-reviewed journal that shows possible evidence for precognition. Rather than pursuing the usual parapsychology tests for psi effects, such as Zener cards, psychologist Daryl Bem has taken some standard psychology experiments and run them backwards. For example, when people are “primed” by being subliminally exposed to a particular word, that affects how quickly or slowly they react to subsequent stimuli. Bem showed volunteers the stimuli first, and then did the priming – and still got a correlation greater than chance. More details at New Scientist.

Let me be clear: this is not divination in any sense that Wiccans practice. But it is evidence for something that defies the reasoning skeptics use to insist that divination is impossible. In fact, it’s pretty stunning evidence! For those not active in the academic community, it’s hard to express how amazing this is – it’s as big as the impact in the news media when the first blogger got White House press credentials. This is the big time, the show, the mainstream.

I’m sure we’ll all wait with bated breath – and plenty of predictions of our own – for news of attempts to replicate these experiments.


About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.
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