Nov 26 2013

A Possible Non-Supernatural Quantum Model of Precognition – Part 1

Published by at 9:48 pm under Consciousness,PSI

[Note: This is taken from a research paper I wrote in 2007.  It’s entirely possible that research since then has entirely refuted my interpretations of the Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. This piece is being presented “as-is” or, rather, “as-was.”  I am particularly interested in feedback and discussion, as I realize I’m making some ambitious suggestions in this series.]

He who controls the past, controls the future; he who controls the present, controls the past. – George Orwell

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime, doubly so. – Douglas Adams

Humanity’s relationship with time is complicated. We speak of “free tim,” either craving more of it, or complaining that others with creativity have too much of it. Our days, on the surface, appear rigidly bound to time: 8 hours of work, 8 hours of sleep, and 8 hours to do everything else. Spiritual leaders and some physicists tell us that there is no such thing as time, yet living in that conceptual framework quickly becomes difficult (and even the adverb “quickly” makes use of a temporal reference) when having to deal with appointments.

Things get even more complicated when one begins to ponder the deeper significance of Einstein’s Theories of Relativity. Our very perception of time is dependent on factors mostly beyond our control, such as velocity. I can travel at variable speeds on Earth, yet have no control over the speed at which the Earth rotates, how fast it orbits the sun, how fast the solar system travels through the galaxy, or the galaxy through the universe. It has taken me 15 minutes to write this paragraph, yet on a level, I have no idea what that means.

This meditation on time becomes even further complicated by looking around me. The sun light I am using to see while I write this is 8 ½ minutes old. It always will be. As I look at the night sky, I can only see the past. It is not even an “objective” past, as each star in the sky is of varying distance from the Earth. As such, the light from each has taken a different amount of “time” to reach me. Are those stars even still there? I will never know. The night sky is dependent on me being precisely where I am. As the 1990s pop tune by the group Jesus Jones goes, “right here, right now…there is no place I’d rather be.”

Yet if all I can do is stare at the past, or utilize 8 ½ minute old light, surely in my day to day existence, I am aware of things as they happen. Not quite. It turns out (and upon reflection, it should be obvious) that stimuli are generally not perceived instantaneously. A signal must travel from the stimulated nerve endings to the brain. There is a delay. Fortunately, this delay is minimal, and we do not have to wait a lengthy amount of time to determine that the stove is, in fact, hot. So it seems we can never know what is “actually” happening at any given moment. It would seem we are doomed to forever live in the past. Yet there are people who claim to be able to “see” the future. These perceptions are obviously beyond the threshold of normal stimulus/response. Is this possible? To understand this phenomenon we need to look deeper into the mysteries of time.

To try to understand precognition, I will first offer a summary of John Cramer’s “transactional interpretation” of quantum physics. This interpretation might offer some clues to help further understand the mysteries of time and perception. Working upward from the quantum level, I will touch briefly upon simple cases of “everyday” precognition (such as “knowing who is on the phone when it rings”), and then consider large scale events.  Prior to the sinking of the Titanic, there are well documented cases of people seeming to have precognitive information about the catastrophe. In addition, I will review cases of eerie foreshadowing to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Finally, I wish to explore the role that consciousness might play in this process.  These are ambitious goals, but should all prove insightful to understanding the nature of reality.

Up next: Quantum Retro-Causality

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