Skeptical Science and Dream Clairvoyance: Do They Fear the Truth?

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Skeptics hold that psychic dreams are mainly anecdotal and rely on the word of the person who claims to have the dream. Similarly, they argue that only occasionally has a dream been told to someone else before the events take place.

It is rare to find a record of a psychic dream of the future that was described to independent witnesses before rather than after the event it foresaw happened. And of course, the dream may just be a coincidence as the unconscious holds a great deal more knowledge about our surroundings and possible events than we suppose.

The unconscious may pick up clues about a possible danger in the daytime and this information is woven into the fabric of your dreams. For example, it may spot a dangerous stairway even though you do not consciously notice it.

You dream of falling down the stair and it happens in life when you walk down the dodge stair that your unconscious has already noticed. We naturally assume the dream was a prophecy of the future and yet the mind contained this information all along.

Psychic Dreaming

Although skeptics may scoff at the predictions of the future there are many that have been well documented and do appear to anticipate upcoming events. The literature of parapsychology is huge and there are a great many parapsychology journals and thousands of books at the Library of Congress. However, we almost never see any mention of all these immense labors in serious science magazines or journals. 


Most scientists refuse to examine the evidence for psychic dreams because logical positivism, which rules the thinking of mainstream scientists, insists that the only acceptable observations are those that can be experienced by ALL persons – and we don’t all claim to have precognitive dreams. The rules of science would have to be changed if psychic dreaming is to be accepted by traditional science. Indeed if paranormal phenomena were proved to be true then the fundamental materialist assumptions of science would be turned on its head.

Skeptics fear that proof of the existence of any psi phenomena leads to a medieval superstitious mentality, which will, in turn, support a rising tide of dangerous, primitive thinking. My guess is that what really frightens the scientists is the daunting prospect of giving up their cherished beliefs!!

Signs, Stories, and Symbols:

How would the skeptics explain away how murderer William Corder came to his undoing by way of a dream?

In 1827, Maria Marten of Polstead in Suffolk England eloped with Corder, an opulent local farmer. But something was not quite right and after several months, the girl’s parents began to wonder why they had not heard from their daughter. Corder reassured his in-laws that Maria was quite safe and well and that he had “placed her at some distance lest his friends might discover the fact of his marriage and exhibit displeasure at the circumstance.” He claimed that she was living on the Isle of Wight but letters he supposedly received from her always bore a London postmark.

Sometime in March 1828, Mrs. Marten (the mother of Maria) dreamed on three successive nights that her daughter had been murdered and buried in a part of Corder’s premises called the Red Barn

The Dream

She was so convinced that her dream was true that on Saturday the 19th of April she persuaded her husband to apply for legal permission to examine the Red Barn with the object of looking for their daughter’s clothes. He dug at the exact spot that has been shown to his wife in her dream and soon uncovered a blood-soaked shawl. His heart beating with fright he dug deeper and to his horror raked out part of a human body. He had found his daughter’s corpse in an advanced state of decomposition.

William Corder denied murder but was found guilty by the jury. On his return to the jail, Coder confessed to the governor that he was guilty. “I am a guilty man,” he exclaimed and immediately afterward made a full confession. Just before he was hanged he said in a feeble tone, “I am justly sentenced, and may God forgive me!”

This is a copyrighted extract from my book  Psychic Dreaming  by Craig Hamilton-Parker ( ISBN 1-4027-0474-7 Sterling Publishers 2004 )

This is an extract from my new book

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