On the morning of August 24, 2014 around 2:00 AM EST I was woken up by a vivid dream. The dream seemed like the simplest dream I had ever had. It consisted simply of an image of a small metallic trash basket moving a few inches on the floor, without anything else being nearby.
thought about the dream and at first thought that it might be a dream
about some ghostly force moving the small trash basket. But then I
thought of a simpler idea. Perhaps the dream was about an earthquake
tremor. If there were a sufficiently powerful earthquake, that might
cause a small trash basket to move around on the floor by itself.
previously suggested in a blog post that people describe unusual
dreams by sending out a Twitter tweet, I decided I would do just that
– as soon as I woke up in the morning. I imagined myself sending
out a Twitter tweet in the morning, a tweet about a possible
earthquake premonition. That would be proof of my premonition if an
earthquake soon occurred, because you can't change the time stamp on
I woke up in the morning and went to my computer, I discovered there
was no longer any point in sending out such a Twitter tweet. The
earthquake had already occurred. It happened about four hours after
my dream, at about 6:20 AM EST (3:20 AM PST). It was the worst
earthquake in the San Francisco area in 25 years. I hope all those
who got injured will recover fully.
year I have recorded some 17 dreams I have had that match either
events that occurred shortly thereafter, or events that occurred
(unknown to me) within the previous few days. The most dramatic case
is fully described here. It's a dream I had of a meteor fall that had
an uncanny resemblance to something that happened within a week. On
June 30, 2014 I had another meteor dream that matched reality well. I
dreamed that a meteor made a bright colored flash of light in the
sky, and that an observer saw the meteor wearing sunglasses, thinking: I'm sure
glad I wore these sunglasses, because that was so bright.
That night while I was sleeping a British observatory reported the
brightest meteor flash it had ever seen, which witnesses said
produced a bright green light (it was a type called a bolide meteor).
April 10 I had a dream about a senior White House official resigning.
The resignation of a senior White House official (Sebelius) was
announced later that day. On April 16 I had a dream of a power outage
at a stadium. There was such an outage on the previous night (unknown
to me), and a week later there were two such outages in different
places. On April 25 I had a dream of astronauts on the moon carrying
radiation shields (stone umbrellas, to be exact). Later in the day a
scientific study was released saying that future lunar astronauts
will need much better radiation shields.
June 12 of this year I had a dream of a non-elderly adult woman
completely underwater in a bathtub. The next day there was a news
story of exactly such an event (a drowning), an event that only
occurs about once a month to non-elderly adult women in the US. On
June 13 I had a dream of someone stabbing a robber who entered that
person's house. Within 24 hours (before or after) there were two such
events in different places.
July 16 I had a terrible dream of a child falling to his death from
about the tenth or fifteenth floor of an apartment building. A day
earlier (unknown to me) a 16-year-old described as Turkey's youngest
novelist had fallen to his death from the tenth floor of an apartment
building. On June 30 I had a dream about homeless people living in a
hotel or motel. I learned later that day that there had been a local
protest a few days earlier about a nearby motel being converted into
a homeless shelter. Then there was the dream discussed here.
I find is that for every case in which one of my dreams seems to
match well something that soon happens (which may be an example of
precognition), there are roughly an equal number of cases where one of my
dreams seem to match well something that happened one day or a few
days previously (but which I had no knowledge of). The latter
examples may be cases of what is called retrocognition, which means
an anomalous knowledge about something that happened in the past.
is very hard to mathematically compute the odds of such things
occurring randomly. These cases could all be due to mere coincidence.
But let us at least speculate: what type of theory of time might
allow for both anomalous precognition (knowledge of a future event)
and anomalous retrocognition (knowledge of some past event that you
never learned about through normal means)?
can think of a crude sketch of such a theory. Let us imagine time as
being like a stream of water. We can imagine ourselves as fish
swimming in that stream, or we can imagine ourselves as people
walking along the side of the stream. Now let us imagine events as
being like rocks or pebbles that fall into the stream. We can imagine
that each event causes a little splash or ripple. We can imagine that
the bigger and more important the event, the bigger the splash or
ripple it produces.
a theory might help to explain both precognition and retrocognition.
Just as the splash of a rock in a stream travels in all directions,
we can imagine that some type of paranormal or psychic “event
splash” travels both forward and backward in time. When someone
has a dream of something about to happen, it might be caused by a
“backsplash” of a future event. When someone has a dream about
something that recently happened (something he never learned about
normally), that might be caused by a “foresplash” of the event.
have no idea whether such a theory is valid. But I have at least
learned one thing. I must discard my previous policy of waiting until
the morning to send out a Twitter tweet when I have a vivid dream of
something that might soon be verified. From now on when I have such a
dream in the middle of the night, I am going to immediately wake up,
turn on my computer, and send out a time-stamped Twitter tweet
describing the dream, as soon as my dream is finished. Hopefully if
I follow this policy I will one day have a nice juicy case where I can prove
I dreamed about something a few hours before it happened.