Monday, November 5, 2012

Can our bodies predict the future?

An interesting article in livescience.com is posted below, which I thought I can share with the readers. It says about researches that showed that our body can know about a major event moments before it happens. The scientific community may find it difficult to accept, but a simple logic makes it possible. The logic is that the entire universe is made up of only 5 elements. This includes human beings too. From stars to human body, the same 5 elements are shared in some proportions which make each entity related to one another. The 5 elements are about basic matter which contain or give rise to some other non tangible elements which science has not yet discovered. In all they are 24 in number and are identified as follows in Vedic tradition.


(1)   Mahat,


(2)   Ahankara,


(3)   Manas

 

(4)   5 sense organs

 

(5)   5 sensory perceptions

 

(6)   5 subtle elements of nature

 

(7)   5 gross elements of nature

 

All these together form the basic Matter of the Universe called Prakruthi. In the list above, the 5 sense organs are within easy perception of science. What is perceived by these organs is also easy to understand. But that which is perceived by the rest of the components of Matter is what causes the ability to know about an event even before it occurs. Only when science recognises the fusion of the rest of the components or faculties of Matter in Matter, can it make some strides in knowing how it happens.

 

But why it happens is because all these are present in all matter in the Universe. A man who keeps the subtle elements of this group (present within himself) unpolluted and tuned close to the original nature of Prakruthi, he will be able to sense the changes in the composition of Prakruthi in things around him even before that change is manifest as to be felt by the 5 senses.   

 

-          Jayasree

 

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From

http://www.livescience.com/24479-bodies-predict-the-future.html


Can Our Bodies Predict the Future?

Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer

Date: 01 November 2012 Time: 05:25 PM ET

 

People's bodies know a big event is coming just before it happens, at least according to a new study.

If true, the research, published Oct. 17 in the journal Frontiers of Perception, suggests something fundamental about the laws of nature has yet to be discovered.

"The claim is that events can be predicted without any cues," said Julia Mossbridge, a Northwestern University neuroscientist who co-authored the study. "This evidence suggests the effect is real but small. So the question is: How does it work?"

Other scientists are skeptical of this interpretation, however. They suggest some bias in which studies get published could play a role in seeing an effect where there is none.


Real effect?

Many studies have shown that physical responses including heart rate, pupil dilation and brain activity change between one and 10 seconds before people see a scary image (like a slithering snake). In most of these experiments, frightening pictures were randomly interspersed with more-neutral ones, so that in theory participants didn't have any clues about which photo would pop up next. But because the finding seemed so unnatural, those studies were understandably met with skepticism.

To see whether the effect was real, Mossbridge and her team analyzed over two dozen of these studies. As part of the analysis, they threw out any experiments in which they saw bias or flaws.

They still found a "presentiment" effect, in which measures of physiological excitement changed seconds before an event. The finding suggests that people's bodies subconsciously sense the future when something important is about to happen, even if the people don't know it.

For instance, if you were a day-trader betting lots of money on one stock, "10 seconds beforehand you might predict your stock tanking," Mossbridge told LiveScience.

The paper doesn't claim that people are psychic or have supernatural or paranormal powers. Instead, the authors believe presentiment is a real, physical effect that obeys natural laws — just ones that nobody understands, Mossbridge said. [Infographic: Belief in the Paranormal]


Researchers skeptical

But others doubt presentiment exists at all.

While the statistical methods used in the study are sound, that doesn't mean presentiment is real, said Rufin VanRullen, a cognitive scientist at the Center for Research on the Brain and Cognition, in an email.

"All it means is that there is a statistical trend for scientists who search for these so-called presentiment effects to actually find them," wrote VanRullen, who was not involved in the study.

Instead, it's more likely that the experiments are biased, perhaps unintentionally, in a way the study authors missed, Kyle Elliott Mathewson, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said via email.


It's also possible that scores of researchers looked for this result, failed to find it and forgot all about it, added Mathewson, who like VanRullen wasn't involved in the study. Those studies would never be published, he said, so the overall effect in the published studies would be biased.


According to the researchers, in order for such bias to explain their results, at least 87 other unpublished studies would need to show no effect.

"Between psychology labs and parapsychology investigations, I can imagine this many failed experiments that go unreported easily," Mathewson wrote.

 

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