Precognitivedreams appear to provide predictions as to future outcomes throughsome form of sixth sense. It is a way with which some individualsperceive as having information accurately predicting future outcomesunrelated to preexisting knowledge acquired through conventionalmeans (Houran & Lange, 1998). To explain properly whatprecognitive dreaming entails, it is important to offer anexplanation through an example. Assuming Jane dreams that she ispregnant and a few weeks later discovers that she is actually twomonths pregnant. This is not a precognitive dream as her subconsciousis aware of the physical changes going on in her body. Such areintuitive dreams common with many individuals.
AbrahamLincoln is said to have experienced a precognitive dream and sharedhis dream with his wife. In the dream, he saw a funeral ceremonyplaying out at the White House. He asked an individual in this verydream whose funeral it was and got the reply,’ it is the presidentof the United States. Two weeks later the 16thPresident of the United States was assassinated.
AbrahamLincoln’s example seems to be a compelling example of precognitivedreaming, however, mathematics can simply interpret this as a case ofpure coincidence (Blagrove & Jones, 2005). To provide a concretebasis that precognitive dreams are indeed real, one would have toconsistently make and update records on each and every dreamexperienced. An independent individual has then to keep track ofevery conceivable significant world event unfolding the next day andmake comparisons of the data provided with reported world events.
Aswith all other psychic predictions, precognitive dreaming can bebecause of an individual putting too much faith blinded by the fearof the unknown. It is worthy to note that most of the dreams that weas individuals are able to remember are highly interpretive as wellas being widely spread out such that is nearly impossible to discernthe future information possibly being relayed to us (Houran &Lange,1998).
Luciddreams however provide psychologists with a unique chance to mapspecific data relative to future events. Similar to searching nextmonth’s climatic conditions in a given geographical location on theInternet, it is likely that one can realize some degree ofconsciousness in his or her dream and thus query for informationabout the unknown. This information could include which companystocks will perform well in tomorrow’s stock trading? Which will bethis week’s winning lottery number? Or which football team will winthe football world cup this year?
Ifone could substantiate precognitive dreaming, it would present peoplewith a marvelous way to work constructively with the availableevidence. This would allow for the limiting of dream predictions toa single dream a night and thus attempt to clarify the informationprovided in the most detailed manner possible.
Atpresent, evidence supporting the prevalence of precognitive dreamscan only be sourced from anecdotal evidence (Randi, 2006). Forinstance, when an individual experiences a vivid dream relayinginformation of an impending natural disaster such as a huge flood andin the next two days such an event is witnessed somewhere in theworld, then such an individual is considered as being psychic. Thiscan in essence hinder credible attempts towards investigating thepossibility of a sixth sense naturally occurring in our sleep.Intuitive dreaming is thus more probable as it may be a way withwhich the subconscious communicates with the conscious. Precognitivedreaming on the other had is difficult to prove through scientificmeans.
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