In January of 2011, Dr. Daryl J. Bem of Cornell University wrote a controversial paper called “Feeling the Future: Experimental Evidence for Anomalous Retroactive Influences on Cognition and Affect” in which he described a series experiments he conducted seeking to prove precognition.
His work followed in the footsteps of a multitude of other important studies in this field: Joseph Banks Rhine and his Extra-Sensory Perception research; Physicist Helmut Schmidt’s work with random event generators; Physicists Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff and the remote viewing experiments of the 70’s; and the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) group, whose experiments on purely random subatomic processes yielded “highly significant statistical deviations from chance expectations.”
Bem conducted 9 experiments and presented evidence that future events can affect present cognition. Working off the premise that there are “anomalous processes of information or energy transfer that are currently unexplained in terms of known physical or biological mechanisms,” Bem tested 1,000 college students for their ability to correctly intuit random information. In one study, Bem conducted a reverse memory test, having his subjects categorize random words that they would later commit to memory.
Bem’s results showed that the students were more likely to recall words in the present if they later memorized them.
What are the implications of this study? Some skeptics, eager to dismiss psi experiments that yield any inconclusive data, disparagingly refer to Bem’s exercising of “mysterious intellectual powers” that nonetheless prove nothing of the paranormal. But could Bem have tapped into some of the known unknowns of the human mind? We know there are irreconcilable contradictions between the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Recent research has suggested that consciousness may be stored in quantum microtubules and archived in the universe almost as if it were a giant supercomputer. The Global Consciousness Project has spent decades collecting and reporting meaningful correlations in random data which show that coherent consciousness creates order in the world…..
Perhaps it’s time we rethink the limitations of the human mind.