Are You Psychic, or Are You Just Intelligent and Thinking Ahead?

All of these people were in fact psychic!
All of these people were in fact psychic! | Source

Since the beginning of time people have been interested in the future. So, owing to the fact that predicting the future has always been interesting and much needed, there have always been people who claimed that they could predict the future. Some of these people were shunned, while some of them were celebrated as geniuses. However, most of them were not considered very serious in their own lifetime – probably because you cannot tell whether someone really can predict the future until the future actually happens.

Psychic or Logic?

For the better part, these people who claimed to be able to foresee things were visionaries and people with a strong sense of logic. Of course, there have always been those who were simply mad, but I am not interested in talking about them here. If we think about it for a minute, most of the things that happened in history could have easily been predicted, if only more people had bothered to think about the future in a purely logical and realistic manner – and many people actually did this. For instance, was it that hard to predict WW II after WW I, or generally a war that would include most of the important and influential countries of the world? When we think about it, this prediction was, at one time, more an inevitability than a prediction.

Scientists or Psychics?

Furthermore, many famous and often quoted scientists can be considered psychic, as they were great visionaries who deliberately ignored everything that was known in science at the time, in order to come up with new inventions that would later become standard and widely used. So, Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla can both be considered psychic, as they knew something no one else did, and they had a vision of what the world will look like in the future – they influenced the future, as well as predicted it.

Albert Einstein on WW III and WW IV
Albert Einstein on WW III and WW IV
Albert Einstein
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Albert Einstein Had More than One Great Prediction

Tell me - is this not a pretty accurate and scary prediction of the future? It is one of the most commonly used Einstein’s quotes, and it is painfully obvious what the genius scientist wanted to say with this. Albert Einstein had a lot of great predictions, and you can read about a particularly interesting one here. So, should we call Mr. Einstein a scientist or a psychic?

Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla | Source
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci | Source

Nikola Tesla and Leonardo da Vinci Shared the Same Dream

Both Tesla and da Vinci were extraordinarily interesting and eccentric people, and they were both great visionaries and psychics, so to say. Among all other dreams, they both had a dream to build a superior flying machine. Although much different in nature, both of these flying machines would be seen as impossible, ridiculous or simply unexciting by their contemporaries. So, it is again easy to see how two prominent scientists and inventors were in fact looking into the future and seeing their inventions used by people in the future.

So, the next time you think about the future, try to think about the present and draw some logical conclusions. Who knows, maybe you are psychic – it costs nothing to try to fail, right?

Nikola Tesla - The concept sounds familiar, right?
Nikola Tesla - The concept sounds familiar, right?

So, what do you think?

Are you psychic?

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Raevyn14 4 years ago from Tecumseh, Oklahoma

Most psychics are phony, and they only want to get money from you. But there are some who want to help like the psychics who help the police with murder cases. Thinking ahead can help anyone and being intelligent has a dark side to it, knowing too much can come back to bite you. For those who think they're too intelligent won't ask questions cuz they seem to know everything


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Raevyn14, thank you for the very interesting comment.

I agree with you that most psychics are indeed phony. Intelligence and thinking ahead both sound much more realistic to me :)


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Perhaps Einstein could see into the future due to the curvature of time. Thanks for that really rivetting, thought provoking article.


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ananceleste 4 years ago from California

Engaging hub, a lot of food for thought. Personally I have encounter both.Voted up!


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Hi, Chris! Well, perhaps you are right. I set out to write this hub in a humorous manner, but it seems that I ended up with a more serious one :) Never mind, it's all fun!


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

ananceleste, thank you very much for stopping by and leaving a comment - it is most appreciated of you. Owing to the fact that you have encountered both real psychics and the ones who were simply mad, I would love to read a hub about your experiences with psychics :)


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Writing hubs that are tongue in cheek can result in one biting one's tongue off, Nemanja.

They say that there is many a truth, spoken in jest, so I didn't fill in your form at the end of the hub.

Maybe I didn't want to expose myself. But I did laugh at the way you had written it... especially, "Don't know, don't care, leave me alone!"

Of course I must be intelligent or perhaps psychic... or was that psychotic?


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ananceleste 4 years ago from California

Actually nemanjaboskov, I did Fell free to read and tell me if it is all that is ought to be. Is a tree part article, that reveals the conflicts of both.

http://ananceleste.hubpages.com/hub/to-feel-to-hea...


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Thanks, I will have a look and share my opinions in the comment section :)


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Hi, Ian! Thanks for the read and the comment, my friend.

I sure think you are intelligent enough to be psychic, as well as psychotic - those two seem to go well together, right?


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Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

Interesting hub :) I really enjoyed reading this! Voted up


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Thank you, Chris, for stopping by and reading! Nice to meet you :)


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empire mike 4 years ago from empire, colorado

a very few times in my life i have known something was going to happen only an instant before it actually. i don't at all claim to be psychic or psychotic, but those events- which happened up to 50 years ago still leave an unerasable mark in my memories. since there was no explainable reason to have these experiences, all i can do is question them, even after so many decades. very interesting topic!


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Mike, so glad to see you here, my friend!

Yes, I understand what you mean - it must be something similar to deja vu, right? I l like to keep an open mind about this, but I also like to joke about it sometimes :)

I'm glad you liked the topic.


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empire mike 4 years ago from empire, colorado

i too enjoy joking about it with other people for fun, but i would tend to be dubious when it comes to being a legitimate profession.


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Yes, that's exactly what should be understood. Those 'professional' psychics are pretty much all con-men.


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empire mike 4 years ago from empire, colorado

did you ever see the movie "ghost". whoopie goldberg was a riot.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Excellent article, nemanja. But why am I not surprised? :-)

Your three examples are among the brightest people ever. Not difficult to see them applying logic in order to anticipate where and to what the present was leading. There's another aspect to it, as well. They, themselves, were setting in motion strong determining factors which would alter or direct what happened later; and they surely knew that.

I've certainly experienced the logical putting together of keen observations which would more or less predict an outcome which was in the making, but still awaited the future for fulfillment. Nothing psychic about it, unless that is what psychic IS.

Also, experience with people and their actions and reactions, both individually and in demographic groups, can often be precursors of their future actions and reactions, if one is observant and perceptive. In fact, there are businesses built around that, as well as criminal activities whose stock-in-trade is being able to predict what people will do so as to take dishonest advantage of it.

Scientists and engineers rely on being able to accurately predict reactions and responses in everything from microbes to skyscrapers.

The surprising thing is that many people don't think about it or notice it going on. So when something fulfills its logical course which someone has predicted, they oh and ah - and suppose it's some kind of extraordinary power - or at most, some kind of hoax.

That's predictable, too! haha

Mike - I love Whoopie in "Ghost". She almost makes one believe in her exra-sensory powers. hehe


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Yes, and Whoopie really is a genius in that movie :)


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Dear Nellie Anna, I am truly honored to see you here, and I am also glad that you see the logic in what I was trying to convey.

I like to think of myself as a very logical and realistic person, and this is probably why I have a problem with 'so called' psychics.

As you say, these people were the ones who would be responsible for many changes bound to happen, so this is another great argument that goes to prove what I was trying to say.

We all spend our days predicting what is going to happen, and we are most commonly right. However, this doesn't make is psychic, unless, as you have cleverly pointed out, this is actually what being psychic is all about.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and for leaving such an extensive and valuable comment. Once again, you have proven to us that you can write a comment that has more value than the actual article that inspired the comment :)

Take care,

Nemanja


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empire mike 4 years ago from empire, colorado

ok here's my story. i was 17 years old. it was nighttime. i was with a friend.i was driving from a mall(northpark) and had just merged onto the freeway(lbj) and into the center lane. within less than 2 minutes i had a very real premonition of running over a dog-an event i had never done before. within 5 seconds, it happened- this was a live dog, mind you that had just run into the freeway. it was dark, i never saw it. i felt it under the car as i heard its death scream. i immediately told my friend, " i knew that was going to happen." under the circumstances, there was absolutely no logic or forewarning involving my 5 senses. nothing like deja vu, because it had never happened before. there was something completely beyond "normal" in this situation, which is why i remember it so vividly...?


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Nemanja - you fully understand my comments too! I try to be clear and understandable but sometimes I'm concerned it may be gobbledegook.

On the other hand, your article cuts through to the point. I just wanted to let you know I did get it - or if not, so you could straighten me out.

Your article has all the value! Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

Hugs-Nelllieanna


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

WOW! Michael. That IS amazing prescience! Goes to show that there is surely a time - lapse or mental reach beyond what we know. Perhaps there is actually a 6th sense! I've felt an awareness of things of which I had no actual knowledge, so it's not a foreign feeling for me. I'm sure my mother sensed things beyond logic.

I'm so glad you shared that. And - it must have been a horrific personal experience in its own time and place.


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empire mike 4 years ago from empire, colorado

i think there is. what % of our brain do we actually use? perhaps in our own arrogance it is that % that chooses not to fathom what is possible in the remainder. perhaps, also, as the blind have additional alternative sensory perception, the autistic have mental capabilities that far surpass ours, who is to say that, disregarding charlatans, there are not others with "differing" mental make up who perchance can tap into the large % to which the rest of us have not yet been able to evolve?


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I've been pondering just those 'what-ifs' - the added abilities of those with some sensory loss or other handicap. In fact, I experience such an added thing every day of my life, due to being monocular. I have an ability to scope out and foresee obstacles which others would handle when encountered. I'd miss them and stumble or bumble if I weren't able to compensate by seeing-ahead. It's so natural to me - being like this from birth - that I used to assume it was natural to everyone. But I have realized it's not. And I am very aware of it when it fails me! I also learned that my odd way of seeing and doing things which was so at-odds with the general way - actually serves me better than trying to master their way. When I realized that, my world opened up like an oyster with a pearl inside! :-)

So yes - that is very valid, all that you just said!


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empire mike 4 years ago from empire, colorado

who knows?


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I'm convinced - few, if any!


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empire mike 4 years ago from empire, colorado

nemanja- hope it's ok that we're carrying on a conversation in your hub...feel free to join in!

nellieanna, you changed tour mask again already. you're catching with me.


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empire mike 4 years ago from empire, colorado

nemanja, will you be my cyber bro? don't let my face scare you!


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

This is very interesting, Mike... I am sorry to hear about your trauma, as well as the poor dog, but I can understand and see this happening. There are too many things we cannot explain, and this is probably one of these many things.

Thank you for deciding to share the story with us here.


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Dear Nellie Anna, your comments are understood and cherished, and I have yet to come across one that is gobbledegook - a great word, BTW :)

I am truly honored that you have found this topic interesting.

Nemanja


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Wow, thank you guys for making my comment section so interesting :)

I was busy while you two were having this conversation, and HP failed to notify me in real-time. So, when I logged in to my HP account today, there were 12 new comments to be approved :) Never have I had so much work to do with approving them and replying to some of them :)

Thank you very much, and I don't mind at all - why would I...?

Yes, I will be your cyber bro, and I could never be afraid of Jack Nicholson - although he is so good that he can be scary at times!


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empire mike 4 years ago from empire, colorado

be safe, my brother!


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rjbatty 4 years ago from Irvine

I think a lot of what passes for being psychic is just intelligent guessing. Just as it did not require supernatural ability to foresee the advent of WWII, I think Einstein could predict with the same ease that after the discovery of nuclear power, men "might" use it to destroy civilization. So far, we haven't, so his quote (thus far) reads more like a warning than a Nostradamus-like vision of the future. So, no, I do not believe human beings possess psychic ability. The not infrequent Deja Vu occurrence has been attributed by scientists as a random short-cut in how data is transmitted through our synapses.

However, I do believe that our species is capable of complex extrapolation based on a survival mechanism. Even our very early ancestors were probably capable of extrapolating that if a tribal member was killed by a leopard by hunting or foraging in a specific region of the savanna, it made good sense to avoid trekking into the same region in order to avoid a repeat of the mishap. There isn't really anything mysterious about this. We do the same thing every day. If we know that a certain area of a highway/freeway is always congested at a particular hour, we can extrapolate that it's better to take an earlier exit and travel by surface streets. This is just common reasoning.

I do believe that certain individuals with keen imaginations (such as some science fiction writers) can make fairly accurate predictions about technology and the consequent impact such advances may have on human society. Arthur C. Clarke (for example) predicted the use of satellites.

For many people, we are always thinking one, two, three steps ahead, trying to anticipate what is around the corner. This is using intelligence to avoid possible pitfalls. It's not exactly a comfortable mechanism because one never feels "in the moment."

War planners at the Pentagon and at think tanks create elaborate "what if" scenarios in order to prepare for and respond appropriately to hostile acts from a foreign country or organization. But, as soon as the first shot is fired, the best planning by the best minds suited for such thing admit that all their complex preparations basically fall through a window.

If we cannot accurately predict the next day's weather, it's impossible to predict the direction and outcome of something as complex as a war.

Physicists have been talking about "chaos theory" for a number of years now, and I believe they are onto something. The universe seems to run along "predictable" patterns, but on a quantum level the uncertainty principle is far more obvious. Though we'd like to believe we live in an ordered cosmos, this is most certainly an illusion.

Thousands of years ago the Taoists created the symbol of the yin/yang symbol. The symbol projects the duality of nature and that there are equal and opposite forces swirling about each other. Each element contains a fraction of the other, making both order and chaos intrinsically bound together yet never entirely harmonious.


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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

RJB, thank you very much for such a generous and extensive comment. I couldn't agree with you more, and you have given us a lot to think about by writing such as awesome comment!

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