Thursday, February 17, 2011

10 Traditional Ways to See the Future


10. Death Clock
If you could predict the future, would you want to know the exact date of your death? Predicting our life span is big business, government insurance and pension companies spend billions of dollars predicting our death. A life table gives such an estimate. And the spooky part is that some statisticians think they can predict the time of our death within a 3 year margin of era when provided with certain information. But death is not great equalizer, sex and race have a huge effect on when the grim reaper would likely knock at your door.
There are many determinants on how long you live, most important is the genetic make-up which is recently known and not traditional although. Human genome is a vast area, there are some genes that encode time of your death and which can be interpreted by modern technology. Other determinants are occupation, income, lifestyle, habits, smoking. Death Clock Statisticians analyze the data and interlink it with your genetic results giving your almost accurate life span. Oh but this definitely excludes deaths like air crash or car accident!

9. Tarot Readings
People would ask about different bonds, life span, buying of property but most would ask about love. Love? oh of course! its always the love, that’s where from the lovely ladies come in.

Carl Jung was the first psychoanalyst to attach importance to tarot symbolism. He may have regarded the tarot cards as representing archetypes: fundamental types of persons or situations embedded in the collective unconscious of all human beings. The theory of archetypes gives rise to several psychoanalytical uses. Since the cards represent these different archetypes within each individual, ideas of the subject’s self-perception can be gained by asking them to select a card that they ‘identify with’. Equally, the subject can try and clarify the situation by imagining it in terms of the archetypal ideas associated with each card. For instance, someone rushing in heedlessly like the Knight of Swords, or blindly keeping the world at bay like the Rider-Waite-Smith Two of Swords.
More recently Timothy Leary has suggested that the tarot trump cards are a pictorial representation of human development from infant to adult, with the “Fool card” symbolizing the newborn infant, the “Magician Card” symbolizing the stage at which an infant begins to play with artifacts, etc. In Leary’s view the tarot trumps may be viewed as a blueprint for the human race as it matures.

8. Time Travel
Okay now this is an exception for being a traditional concept of seeing future and not a way actually. This concept holds as long back to 700 BC. Time Travel is the concept of moving between different points in time in a manner analogous to moving between different points in space, either sending objects (or in some cases just information) backwards in time to some moment before the present, or sending objects forward from the present to the future without the need to experience the intervening period (at least not at the normal rate).
Although time travel has been a common plot device in fiction since ages, and one-way travel into the future is arguably possible given the phenomenon of time dilation based on velocity in the theory of special relativity , as well as gravitational time dilation in the theory of general relativity. But it is currently unknown whether the laws of physics would allow backwards time travel. Some interpretations of time travel also suggest that an attempt to travel backwards in time might take one to a parallel universe whose history would begin to diverge from the traveler’s original history after the moment the traveler arrived in the past.

The Einstein’s Theory is a simple one that even a child could explain it and it is practically possible only if we find some device to travel at the speed of light or faster. And if we achieve that then it will be possible for this old traditional concept to become successful in determining future.

7. Scrying
Scrying also called as crystal gazing, is a magic practice that involves seeing things psychically in a medium, usually for purposes of obtaining spiritual visions and less often for purposes of divination or fortune-telling. The most common media used are reflective, translucent, or luminescent substances such as crystals, stones, glass, mirrors, water, fire, or smoke. Scrying has been used in many cultures as a means of divining the past, present, or future. Depending on the culture and practice, the visions that come when one stares into the media are thought to come from God, spirits, the psychic mind, the devil, or the subconscious.

Scrying is actively used by many cultures and belief systems and is not limited to one tradition or ideology. As of 2009, the Ganzfeld experiment, a sensory deprivation experiment inspired by scrying, provides the best known evidence for psiabilities in the laboratory.

6. Extra Sensory Perception (ESP)
Extra sensory Perception, casually referred to as sixth sense, involves reception of information not gained through the recognized physical senses but sensed with the mind. The term implies acquisition of information by means external to the basic limiting assumptions of science, such as that organisms can only receive information from the past to the present.

The belief is that a hypnotized person is able to demonstrate ESP. Carl Sergeant, a psychology major at the University of Cambridge, heard about the early claims of a hypnosis – ESP link and designed an experiment to test whether they had merit. He recruited 40 fellow college students, none of whom identified themselves as having ESP, and then divided them into a group that would be hypnotized before being tested with a pack of 25Zener cards, and a control group that would be tested with the same Sneer cards. The control subjects averaged a score of 5 out of 25 right, exactly what chance would indicate. The subjects who were hypnotized did more than twice as well, averaging a score of 11.9 out of 25 right.
The positive results were concluded to be because of remote viewing or RV which is the ability to gather information about a distant or unseen target using paranormal means, extra-sensory perception (ESP) or sensing with mind. Typically a remote viewer is expected to give information about an object that is hidden from physical view and separated at some distance. This type of sensing and viewing was popularized in the 1990s, following the declassification of documents related to the Stargate Project, a $20 million research program sponsored by the U.S. Federal Government to determine any potential military application of psychic phenomena.

5. Michel de Nostradame
Born in France, in 1503, Michel de Nostradame a.k.a Nostradamus was a physician, astrologer and a fluent speaker of Greek, Latin and Hebrew. And according to his a many thousands of fans, he was also the number one predictor of future. World War II, the Atomic Bomb, assassination of JF Kennedy, the moon landings were all predicted by him in the 16th century. But how did he manage to predict all this and what method he used to see so far of time and space?
According to some, they say he was a 16th century hippie, who would deprive himself of sleep to work for his predictions and then he would use some mild hallucinogenic drug to see into a candle flame and start prognosticating. But Nostradamus claimed to base his published predictions on judicial astrology – the astrological assessment of the quality of expected future developments – but was heavily criticized by professional astrologers of the day such as Laurens Videlfor incompetence and for assuming that “comparative horoscopy” (the comparison of future planetary configurations with those accompanying known past events) could predict what would happen in the future. People have been following his predictions for 500 years and even now trying to decode his more prophecies and if his method was right and could be used the right way, we might end up seeing doom too.

4. Precognitive Dreaming
Precognitive Dreaming is the ability to see the future through dreams. In order to see and dream the future, this ability requires the user to be unconscious. It is not known, however, if the user can activate this ability at will.

The dreams, as dreams tend to be, are open to interpretation. There appear to be more often then not slight differences between the dream and the actual events. Whether this is related to dreams not being entirely literal, the future constantly changing, how far in the future the events take place, or simply a natural consequence of the power is unknown. At the same time the dreams can be very accurate in relation to actual events. There are no known limits as to how far into the future the dreams can reach. The amount of detail that users of this ability are able to retain after waking up depends if the dream was during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep or not. These dreams are also held to be vulnerable to telepathic assaults.

3. Chiromancy
Chiromancy – known as palmistry us, is the art of characterization and foretelling the future through the study of the palm, also called as chirology. The practice was found all over the world, with numerous cultural variations and even now. Palmistry can trace its roots back to India. From India, the art of palmistry spread to China, Tibet, Egypt, Persia and to other countries in Europe. From China, palmistry progressed to Greece where Anaxagoras practiced it. However, modern palmists often combine traditional predictive techniques with psychology, holistic healing, and alternative methods of divination also.

Chiromancy consists of the practice of evaluating a person’s character or future life by “reading” the palm of that person’s hand. Various “lines” (“heart line”, “life line”, etc.) and “mounts” (or bumps), purportedly suggest interpretations by their relative sizes, qualities, and intersections. In some traditions, readers also examine characteristics of the fingers, fingernails, fingerprints and palmar skin patterns (dermatoglyphics), skin texture and color, shape of the palm, and flexibility of the hand. A reader usually begins by reading the person’s ‘dominant hand’ – the hand he or she writes with or uses the most – sometimes considered to represent the conscious mind, whereas the other hand is subconscious. In some traditions of palmistry, the other hand is believed to carry hereditary or family traits, or, depending on the palmist’s cosmological beliefs, to convey information about past-life or karmic conditions.
There has been widely accepted research verifying palmistry’s accuracy as a system of character analysis, but so far no conclusive evidence has been provided to support a connection between the lines of the palm and a person’s character beyond what could be deduced from analyzing that the person suffered from a chromosomal disorder or belonged to a certain statistical group based on their digit ratio.

2. Animals Foreseeing Abilities
Animals are everywhere, but could the secret of understanding them is beyond human’s perception? Well perhaps, because there is a strong evolutionary link between the animals responding and sensing to disasters in advance like getting out of the way but we have no idea that how they are doing this. The belief that animals can predict earthquakes has been around for centuries. In 373 B.C., historians recorded that animals, including rats, snakes and weasels, deserted the Greek city of Helice in droves just days before a quake devastated the place.

Accounts of similar animal anticipation of earthquakes have surfaced across the centuries since. Catfish moving violently, chickens that stop laying eggs and bees leaving their hive in a panic have been reported. Countless pet owners claimed to have witnessed their cats and dogs acting strangely before the ground shook—barking or whining for no apparent reason, or showing signs of nervousness and restlessness. But precisely what animals sense, if they feel anything at all, is a mystery. One theory is that wild and domestic creatures feel the Earth vibrate before humans. Other ideas suggest they detect electrical changes in the air or gas released from the Earth.
An elephant trumpets wildly, breaks a chain holding it to a tree, and flees to higher ground — just before a massive tsunami crashes ashore, drowning hundreds of thousands of people. Did the elephant know the deadly wave was coming? In interviews with scientists and eyewitnesses, evidence is seen that some animals may have senses that allow them to predict impending natural disasters long before we can.

Some creatures, for instance, may be able to “hear” infrasound, — sounds produced by natural phenomena, including earthquakes, volcanoes, and storms, that are inaudible to the human ear. This ability may give elephants and other animals enough time to react and flee to safety. Another explanation may lie in animals’ sensitivities to electromagnetic field variations. Quantum geophysicist Motoji Ikeya has found that certain animals react to changes in electrical currents. He now regularly monitors a catfish, the most sensitive of the creatures he has tested, to aid him in warning others of coming disaster.

1. The Big Crunch Theory
Who would have thought that looking at the stars would give so much information about our origins and future. Hats off to the ancient Egyptians, who invented writing and made pyramids. Even the earliest astronomers were born in that period. They learned cosmology when they started tracking the movements of stars to predict the annual outcome of Nile.
And even 5000 years later, this is of help. The theory holds that life and events may replicate itself exactly in some distant future as they have happened in past or present. And the theory is known as the Big Crunch. For this, first we would have to go back to beginning of time itself, the universe started with a big bang which is referred to as time zero that marks the beginning of all (this happened 14 billion years ago) and then it continued to expand and this rate of expansion is accelerating, according to the Einstein’s theory, this expanding would reach a turning point and then collapsing again of which we can think of a perpetual reversal of time. In this scenario in which universe contracts, all matter heats up once more and comes back to life, and as the universe contracts back to its original size, there will be so much energy inside it – in a confined space – that there will be another big bang and all the matter in the universe would start expanding again, planets would reform, stars will come back to life, and universe and time and all that things would start all over again.

In physical cosmology, the Big Crunch is one possible scenario for the ultimate fate of the universe, in which the metric expansion of space eventually reverses and the universe re-collapses and reforms over and over again.