Sunday, July 17, 2011

Should a prophet have a college degree.

I discovered recently via the website that John Hogue lacks a college degree.  I don't know if this report is correct, but the charge has some resonance in light of the controversy involving [ ].  Does having a college degree matter in the paranormal field?  Maybe, if you plan to make a career writing books that attempt to explain the anomalous to an audience that is likely composed of a cross-section of people, including scientists (as Hogue and [ ] seem to be doing). But if all you are is a prophet, probably not.

Generally, a certification of functional literacy, obtainable in any one of our fine public schools, should be sufficient.

My reasoning is simple: it is unlikely that either a doctorate or a certificate of minimal competency will help anyone predict the future.

My personal experiences with precognition have convinced me that time simply does not exist as we perceive it, which is as a discrete sequence of events, with effects following causes. Our experiential reality is far more complex than we currently understand.

I don't pretend to understand the nature of that complexity, and it's likely that as long as we are immersed in the physical, we can't, and we won't.

We may experience premonitions and glimpses and even complete probable futures which we can actualize, but the nature of time--and our immersion in it--precludes any real "prophetic" ability, in my opinion.  Basically, our world--past, present, and future-- can't be reduced to simple predictions that may or may not come true.

This does not stop me from trying to understand it. I think people like Hogue are interesting because their apparent successes--and obvious failures--give hints of possible models that might help us expand our understanding.

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