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Previously called “The Wild and Wacky Jim Karol,” he earned the moniker “Psychic Madman” at age 37 when the Pennsylvania Lottery numbers that were drawn matched his prediction. As a result, the numerous people who had taken Karol's advice ended up dividing a $12 million payout into small shares.
. . . One thing to think about Angelo, is that the design of the human brain/mind system produces an isolation of human awareness from any direct experience of ourselves and the real world we find ourselves in. Therefore all of our observations are actually being made of a simulation (our consciousness) of something else (the real world.) Our perception of the real world isn't just filtered or skewed, it is a complete production. There are things occurring in the real world and in real world human interaction, that we are casually unaware of due to our design specifications, so to speak.
The closest thing I know to an actual "kind" of prediction that came true ( not political or economic) was a book written years before the sinking of the Titanic that described almost exactly the events that happened. The book was "Futility; or The Wreck of the Titan".
Much as I dislike using Wikipedia as a reference, here's the link: Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .
The similarities are so alike it's eerie.
Although the novel was written before the Olympic-class Titanic had even been designed, there are some remarkable similarities between the fictional and real-life counterparts. Like the Titanic, the fictional ship sank in April in the North Atlantic, and there were not enough lifeboats for the passengers. There are also similarities between the size (800 ft long for Titan versus 882 ft 9 in long for the Titanic), speed (25 knots for Titan, 22.5 knots for Titanic) and life-saving equipment.
Beyond the name, the similarities between the Titanic and the fictional Titan include:
- Both were triple screw (propeller)
- Described as "unsinkable"
- The Titanic was the world's largest luxury liner (882 feet, displacing 63,000 long tons), and was once described by newspapers as being "practically unsinkable".
- The Titan was the largest craft afloat and the greatest of the works of men (800 feet, displacing 75,000 tons, up from 45,000 in the 1898 edition), and was considered "unsinkable".
- Shortage of lifeboats
- Struck an iceberg
- Moving at 22½ knots, the Titanic struck an iceberg on the starboard side on the night of April 14, 1912 in the North Atlantic 400 miles away from Newfoundland.
- Also on an April night, in the North Atlantic 400 miles from Newfoundland (Terranova), the Titan hit an iceberg while traveling at 25 knots, also on the starboard side.
- The unsinkable Titanic sank, and more than half of her 2200 passengers and crew died.
- The indestructible Titan also sank, more than half of her 2500 passengers drowning.
- Went down bow first, the Titan actually capsizing before it sank.
I don't know what to think of this book.
I was listening to a lecture by Dean Radin during lunch break. There was a recording he played, a part of an interview by Sir Alec Guinness about his prediction of James Dean's death.
I had totally forgotten about that anecdote and actually I had always thought that wasn't a claim the great british actor had made himself but a claim that had been made about him.
In the interview, Guinness said that while James Dean was showing him his new car, something "almost like a different voice" came over him and told him to warn the younger american actor that if he kept the car, he would be dead by the same time a week later. Guiness said that he gave that warning, and Dean didn't listen. A week later James Dean had his fatal accident in said new car.
I just googled to see if I could find the actual interview, but didn't find anything. I'll just post the link to the Radin lecture:
"Survival of Consciousness" with Dean Radin and Julie Beischel (part 1 of 3) | IONS Library | Institute of Noetic Sciences
The interview can be found at about 57:00 min.
It seems that Guinness never made any other claims about "psi"-related stuff, but my feeling is that if this had been a one-off experience, he wouldn't have said anything. If I imagine something like that happening to me for the first time, I'd say nothing, out of fear to sound like I've gone crazy. Only if that had happened before and the warning had turned out to be correct, would I consider that.
But maybe he was the kind of person who would say something like that just on the spur of the moment. Or he did have other premonitions, but those weren't that remarkable and didn't involve other famous people, so he kept that private. You never know with these creative actor types. If I remember right, Anthony Hopkins claims he has had similar things happen.
Really?... And not one of those simple cases where truth is just stranger than fiction. There are so many novels that in their own way "predicted" the future, but like that texts listed in the article below, it seems to me that imaginative authors will always give us some insight into future happenings. Whether it's speculative fiction or simply creating plot lines out of what we know or think is likely to happen next I'm not sure that coincidence or similarities should be given too much merit beyond being what they are which is just fiction.I think it's a case of impressive precognition.
I've never found the idea convincing that the book was predicting what happened to the Titanic. It's really weak as evidence for precognition.
If anything, it was a warning what might happen if we get over-confident of our technological achievements. The only oddity IMO is the similarity of the ship's names, but that could be pure coincidence. To name a ship of never before seen proportions, giant mythological creatures are an obvious choice. I could only think of "Leviathan" as an alternative.
What interests me more about the Titanic or rather, any ship, train or airplane catastrophe, is if proof exists that passengers cancelled their passages because of dreams or visions they had about a disaster.
Ever so often you hear that these ships / planes / trains have an unusually high number of cancellations and I guess there were some insurance statistics about that.
What bothers me a little is why people get stuck with a weak case like that and don't look at the many other tcases that could be evidence, some of which are much more interesting IMO.
What was that "different voice" Sir Alec Guiness talked and wrote about? Self-mystification? Or how could Jim Karol get the lottery numbers right? Coincidence or just a gut feeling? Or is it all just exaggeration and distortion of facts?
...or what about Bishop Lanyi's dream of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, apparently recorded by himself the night before it really happened (differing in some minor details)?
...what about Adam Linzmayer, one of J.B. Rhine's test subjects who would "predict" Zener cards with impossible accuracy (but only for one year)? Just a conjuror who managed to trick the scientists? Btw., be sure to read the commentary to the linked article, I think it 's really his daughter.
Really?... And not one of those simple cases where truth is just stranger than fiction. There are so many novels that in their own way "predicted" the future, but like that texts listed in the article below, it seems to me that imaginative authors will always give us some insight into future happenings. Whether it's speculative fiction or simply creating plot lines out of what we know or think is likely to happen next I'm not sure that coincidence or similarities should be given too much merit beyond being what they are which is just fiction.
Books That Predicted The Future - Books - ShortList Magazine
I'm not sure what you mean by "it's all a lot to overcome," but as much as I like listening to Dean Radin on Radio Misterioso when you look at critical evaluations of PEAR's millions of data points there does not seem to be a lot of support for any positive findings at all. No double blind studies were conducted, the data that they chose to show deviations from the norm to produce a positive result for micro-precognition appears to be more selective than consistent with the 9/11 material specifically being called into question.The RNG-based experiments at PEAR and Bem's recent experiments, like the Global Consciousness Project's 911 data, are harder to explain. So is the crisis apparitions data gathered twice by the SPR, and the mediumship data involving precognition recorded by the SPR over many decades. Combined with two millennia of recorded precognitive visions, it's all a lot to overcome.
I'm not sure what you mean by "it's all a lot to overcome," but as much as I like listening to Dean Radin on Radio Misterioso when you look at critical evaluations of PEAR's millions of data points there does not seem to be a lot of support for any positive findings at all. No double blind studies were conducted, the data that they chose to show deviations from the norm to produce a positive result for micro-precognition appears to be more selective than consistent with the 9/11 material specifically being called into question.
From WikiP. "Independent scientists Edwin May and James Spottiswoode conducted an analysis of the data around the 11 September 2001 events and concluded there was no statistically significant change in the randomness of the GCP data during the attacks and the apparent significant deviation reported by Nelson and Radin existed only in their chosen time window. Spikes and fluctuations are to be expected in any random distribution of data, and there is no set time frame for how close a spike has to be to a given event for the GCP to say they have found a correlation. Wolcotte Smith said "A couple of additional statistical adjustments would have to be made to determine if there really was a spike in the numbers," referencing the data related to September 11, 2001. Similarly, Jeffrey D. Scargle believes unless both Bayesian and classical p-value analysis agree and both show the same anomalous effects, the kind of result GCP proposes will not be generally accepted.
But aside from all the doubt from the skeptical and university folk who reflect on this work I'd be curious to know what you think of the critique of looking for pre-cognition, or reverse causality, or even remote viewing when it comes from more of a paranormal insider like Hansen: Princeton [PEAR] Remote-Viewing Experiments -- A Critique