It’s one study and the causes are not determined. While pro-paranormal sites may latch on to this, I stress caution.
Presentiment without any external clues may, in fact, exist, according to new Northwestern University research that analyzes the results of 26 studies published between 1978 and 2010.
Researchers already know that our subconscious minds sometimes know more than our conscious minds.
“What hasn’t been clear is whether humans have the ability to predict future important events even without any clues as to what might happen,” said Julia Mossbridge, lead author of the study
This phenomenon is sometimes called “presentiment,” as in “sensing the future,” but Mossbridge said she and other researchers are not sure whether people are really sensing the future.
The results reveal a significant overall effect with a small effect size[…]. Higher quality experiments produced a quantitatively larger effect size and a greater level of significance than lower quality studies.
We conclude that to further examine this currently unexplained anticipatory activity, multiple replications arising from different laboratories using the same methods are necessary. The cause of this anticipatory activity, which undoubtedly lies within the realm of natural physical processes (as opposed to supernatural or paranormal ones), remains to be determined.
It’s an interesting study so if anyone wants to have at it and tell us what they find, dig in, the paper is free at the above link.
It may sound encouraging, I hate to be the party pooper. We have a long way to go before declaring that humans have enhanced senses (or a sixth sense). If a study is to suggest something so revolutionary, it deserves to be strongly examined.
Tip: Al Crooke