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Premonition; Presentiment

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A premonition, or presentiment, is a warning of a future event. Premonitions range from vague feelings to visions and auditory warnings. Dreams also may bring premonitions which may be presented in a straightforward manner or purely symbolically. Premonitions differ from predictions in that the latter states that a certain thing will definitely come about, and may include minute details, while the former is simply a strong feeling that something is likely to happen.

Nandor Fodor (1895–1964) says that a premonition should have two fundamental conditions: (i) “The fact announced must be absolutely independent of the person to whom the premonition has come,” and (ii) “The announcement must be such that it cannot be ascribed to chance or sagacity.”

The Society for Psychical Research, in its early days, collected 668 cases of premonitions of death; 252 more were added in 1922 alone. Camille Flammarion (1842–1925) collected 1,824 cases.

Sources:

Fodor, Nandor: Encyclopedia of Psychic Science. London: Arthurs Press, 1933
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