Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocausation, and the Unconscious

Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocausation, and the Unconscious

by Eric Wargo

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Overview

Time Is Not What You Think It Is. Neither Are You.

Welcome to a world where participants in psychology experiments respond to pictures they haven’t seen yet … where physicists influence the past behavior of a light beam by measuring its photons now … and where dreamers and writers literally remember their future. This landmark study explores the principles that allow the future to affect the present, and the present to affect the past, without causing paradox. It also deconstructs the powerful taboos that, for centuries, have kept mainstream science from taking phenomena like retrocausation and precognition seriously. We are four-dimensional creatures, and sometimes we are even caught in time loops—self-fulfilling prophecies where effects become their own causes.

ERIC WARGO has a PhD in anthropology from Emory University and works as a science writer and editor in Washington, DC. In his spare time, he writes about science fiction, consciousness, and the paranormal at his popular blog, The Nightshirt. Time Loops is his first book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938398926
Publisher: Anomalist Books
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 687,949
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Beyond Folk Causality (or, One Damn Thing Before Another) 1

PART ONE: WELCOME TO THE NOT YET

1. The Size of the Impossible—Disasters, Prophecy, and Hindsight 17

2. “If I Were You, I’d Stay on the Ground for a Couple of Days”—Victor Goddard, J. W. Dunne, and the Block Universe 43

3. Postcards from Your Future Self—Scientific Evidence for Precognition 63

4. The Psi Reflex—Presentiment and the Future- Influencing-Present Effect 79

PART TWO: “HOW CAN THIS BE?”

5. Catching Precognitive Butterflies—Chaos, Memory, and Premory in the Thermodynamic Universe 99

6. Destination: Pong (or, How to Build a QuantumTM Future Detector) 121

7. A New Era of Hyperthought—From Precognitive Bacteria to Our Tesseract Brain 147



PART THREE: TIME’S TABOOS

8. Sometimes a Causal Arrow Isn’t Just a Causal Arrow— Oedipus, Freud, and the Repression of Prophecy 175

9. Wyrd and Wishes—Metabolizing the Future in Dreams 201

10. Prophetic Jouissance—Trauma, Survival, and the Precognitive Sublime 233

PART FOUR: LIVES OF THE PRECOGS

11. A Precognitive Seduction—Maggy Quarles van Ufford, Carl Jung, and the Scarab 255

12. Fate, Free Will, and Futility—Morgan Robertson’s Tiresias Complex 279

13. “P.S. What Scares Me Most, Claudia, Is at I Can Often Recall the Future”— The Memetic Prophecies of Philip K. Dick 295

14. The Arrival of Meaning and the Creation of the Past 317

Postscript: A Ruin from the Future 335

Notes 345

References 395

Index 421

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