Since the beginning of time, we have had people claiming to possess the ability to foresee the future. Such individuals were often used by those in power to help them make important decisions. Then came the time of scientific development and general skepticism in abilities that couldn’t be explained. But we are still very much intrigued by the idea of predicting the future. There are people from all over the world researching it, but has science made any important discoveries? We will try to answer this question in the following few paragraphs.
Basically, there are two kinds of prediction – the one based on probable outcomes of certain acts and events, and the one we usually mean when we talk about the paranormal, that is, the ability to know for sure what is going to happen at some point in the future. The first kind of prediction is actually something we are all used to doing on a daily basis. To give an example, just think about how you prepare yourself for each new day – making lunch or bringing a snack with you, taking an umbrella or a hat etc. We do those things because we know we are going to start feeling hunger at some point. We can also predict rain if we see clouds in the sky or be pretty sure we are going to need our hats if it is really sunny outside. Although it doesn’t sound like a cool superpower, this is prediction nevertheless.
But what about the kind of prediction that leaves no room for mistakes and that concerns things we couldn’t know based solely on our previous experiences? Unfortunately, there aren’t any recorded examples of anyone actually predicting the future. On the other hand, philosophers and scientists sometimes talk about the so-called scientific prediction and the possibility of us perfecting it in a way that would allow us to come really close to prediction as a superpower. This would require scientific theories that would explain our world completely, which is something we haven’t been able to do yet. But who knows what the future holds? Maybe someday we will.