Dec 02 2013

A Possible Non-Supernatural Quantum Model of Precognition – Part 7

Published by at 10:46 am 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.]

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5   Part 6

Part 7: When Things Go Wrong

While quantum interactions of biophotons offer an intriguing possibility in terms of precognition, the fact remains that precognition is not always 100% accurate or reliable. It also suggests that if we take this phenomenon as strictly true, than ideas such as free will become troublesome. After all, to catch glimpses of a future that has already happened seems to imply fate. The reality of the situation may be far more complicated.

Physicist Fred Alan Wolf, invoking Cramer’s transactional interpretation in his book The Yoga of Time Travel (2004) describes one reason that the future may not be completely hard-wired into the fabric of reality.

When we remember a past event, we are not digging through anything like a file or computer memory bank. Rather, following quantum rules, we are constructing a past based on the multiplication of two clashing time-order streams of possibility-waves…It follows that the future, too, exists side-by-side with the present and that at this moment we are sending possibility-waves in that direction. Moreover someone called “me” in the future is also sending back through time conjugate possibility-waves which will clash with the waves being generated now. If the streams “match,” in the sense that the modulation produces a combined wave of some strength, and if there is a “resonance,” meaning that the future events are meaningful for me, then a real future is created from my present point of view and a real memory of sequences is created in the future. If the streams do not match – then the connection of that future and the present will be less meaningful. Meaningful here refers to the probability wave…the closer in time the sources of these waves are, the more likely it is that the two counter-time possibility-wave streams will produce a strong probability with a good chance of becoming real (pp. 157-158).

This last sentence is particularly important, as it supports the findings of Radin’s presentiment experiments. Yet awareness of a probable future also gives one the chance to act to change one’s involvement in it. J. Connon Middleton, after all, chose not to continue his plans to travel on board the Titanic.

While Middleton may have made a conscious choice, many others may utilize information from the future unconsciously. This does not negate free will, but shows that in a culture inclined to not believe in precognition, despite Cramer’s model of quantum theory and the experiments of Rhine, Vassy, Radin, and others, people may have no conceptual framework for understanding the source of such information (and, as discussed above, may even consider it “artistic inspiration” at times).

In the July 1956 issue of The Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, W.E. Cox considers the possibility of “subliminal precognition,” hypothesizing that “in advance of a sudden misfortune, a wholly subliminal precognition can prevent the percipient’s involvement.” Cox’s study focuses primarily on data from railroad disasters. This being 1956, commercial air travel was not what it is today. Cox found a statistically significant decline in the number of passengers on trains on the days of accidents than on the same routes on the days and weeks leading up to and following the disasters. Among his findings in the study, Cox suggests that

Perhaps the seat of these unconscious cerebrations has closely associated with it a sort of “subliminal pan-awareness” which can possess information of relatively imminent “dangers” without any actual pictures depicting a consciously comprehensible vision of a specific misfortune that may be (or shall we say, “otherwise would have been”) involving us. Nor can the precognized imminence of misfortune be presumed to occur only to, or predominantly with, that portion of the would-be travelers whose fate would have been personal injury or death: others who could have experienced the subliminal precognition are those whose journey are the annulment of the ill-fated trani would have undesierably disrupted (p. 105).

How do Cox’s findings play out in terms of the various flights involved in 9/11?

Up Next: Conclusion

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Sources:

  • Cox, W.E. (1956). Precognition: An Analysis, II. The Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 50(3), 99-109.
  • Wolf, F. (2004). The Yoga of Time Travel: How the Mind can Defeat Time. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books.

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