Hi all. I'm new here. I added my introduction comment here: http://www.skeptiko-forum.com/threads/introduce-yourself.90/page-14#post-112657 It might give you some context and info about my attitude and sanity level, so you could better help me with the question in this topic. Now I'll try to tell only the facts about the topic and let you judge. I have had multiple precognitive dreams with some particular details and occurrence pattern, which seem to be meaningful or rare enough to be more than coincidence. But I might be wrong and I have heard that probability theory can explain lots of coincidences. Still not sure, therefore I hope for your ideas and evaluation. Are these really just coincidences and wishful thinking or maybe something more? But please read all the next points, which will help to flesh out the context to avoid assumptions, like the usual "you adjusted your memories to match the events" or "the brain is good at finding patterns where there are none" or "you selectively remember the dreams that come true but not those that don't, and attribute it to precognition". I have been having vivid dreams since childhood and I can remember most of them pretty clearly I often write down my dreams, paying attention not only to what I see and hear but also to emotions and my own thoughts, which triggered the dream. You know, that feeling when a thought comes to your mind "oh, I'm scared, what if there is a monster behind that shadow" and the dream immediately fulfills your "request" . I'm trying to honestly answer "why did this dream character did and said that", and mostly I seem to be able to track down how it all flows out of my own subconscious fears and desires. This is an argument against "you selectively remember the dreams that come true but not those that don't" - I remember most of them and I don't claim that they all come true. Just some. I'm a huge fan of sci-fi, especially virtual reality, so most of my dream scenarios are sci-fi I have been having spontaneous lucid dreams since childhood, almost once in a month or more often, especially on days when I listen to lots of music. They are usually short and I find it difficult to gain total control, and I don't want that anyway because then a dream becomes a boring doll house. I usually try to rewind the existing dream to attempt different actions or formulate a question in my mind and then let the dream show me answers. Often it's just nonsense, but sometimes it's important for dealing with personal issues. I have been reading books about OOBE (Robert Monroe's journeys and Robert Bruce's astral dynamics) but I myself haven't experienced anything like that. Except maybe some conscious sleep paralysis cases (can be terrifying, especially for a 5-6 year old), but that does not count, I guess. In all cases of my precognitive dreams I have remembered (or even written down) the dream before the event happened. In all cases of my precognitive dreams they have been short (just a few seconds of subjective time), looked surprisingly mundane and usual, compared to dreams coming immediately before, thus making the precognitive dreams "out of place" (too normal in my general dream sci-fi chaos) The precognitive dreams always occurred in late mornings and, subjectively, immediately before waking up. I don't know, maybe I had unconscious deep sleep after that, I just know that these dreams where the first thing I immediately remembered when I opened my eyes and it somehow always coincided with the time when I have no time to sleep longer and I have to get up and go to school or work The precognitive dreams always have come true in the same day The precognitive dreams always have been about events that are not of great importance in my life and I would never want to intentionally focus on or try to "predict" these events. This is somewhat an argument against "the brain is good at finding patterns where there are none" because pattern matching usually has some intention or purpose. However, sometimes brain does get creative and imagines some patterns automatically (like seeing animals in cloud shapes), so I'm not sure... Anyway, if these are just random patterns recognized by my brain, I'm not able to track down how and why this tracking process started. So, here goes some examples of "precognitive dreams": 1) It all started in maybe 5th grade. Right before my alarm rang, I saw that I'm standing in a corridor in front of computer classroom door and somehow I knew that the teacher is missing and there will be no computer lesson that day. When I woke up and went to school, that was exactly what happened - our entire class was standing there waiting when some teacher came and informed us that there will be no lesson that day for some unplanned reasons. Ok, maybe this could be explained with having heard some rumors or something and unconsciously recording them, but then I wouldn't felt so surprised when it happened. And also none of the classmates seemed to have a clue what had happened. Also, not that unique event, might be a coincidence, although having the properties as described in points 6 - 10. 2) Some simple cases - broken pencil, dropped a few cents while giving my money to a bus driver; again not unique enough, might be a coincidence, although again having the properties as described in points 6 - 10. 3) Dream - my father hands me a microphone. It came true immediately when I woke up - my father went to our basement storage and, for unknown reason, dug out an old microphone which came bundled with our old tape recorder, and decided to bring it home and give it to me. He just said that it "somehow has caught his attention" and he wanted to give it to me. He clearly knew that all of our old electronic devices and also my early DIY experiments are in those old boxes in the basement and he knew that I would myself find anything there, if I desire so. We haven't talked about microphones or anything like that before that day and I had no any DIY projects going on. It just came out of the blue and I had no use of the microphone at that moment, so I just put it back into my spare parts box. 4) Dream - my elder brother asks me for help and it's urgent. It came true the same day - he had an issue with bank account and asked me to loan a bit money. It wouldn't be anything special, but my elder brother has always be the one who has helped me and he never ever in his life had asked me for help in return. Especially not for money because I was just a freelancer at that time but he had his own business. I did help him and it turned fine. After that again he never has asked me for help again. This was just one single case and it coincided with the dream. Or maybe my brain found a pattern. For you to decide 5) Dream - I meet a person whom I haven't met for long time. I don't known his name, but we talk about our lives and what we've been doing last years. But something is off, I have reserved feelings. Also, there is a back-scene - a group of relatives from my father's side and they seem not to like that person. Came true the same day - while walking to my bus stop, I met an old classmate whom I haven't seen for 15 years and who actually had been living in another city far from me, as far as I knew. He had visited my city because of some business trip. We talked about life and stuff. And I really had conflicting feelings, just like in a dream. I was somewhat glad to see him, but on the other hand it brought back some bad memories, because this guy hadn't been friendly to me during school years; bullying and such. Also, my father once told me that he had met the guy in some funeral together with some other father's relatives (again, like in a dream) and my father did not like him, although my father did not know that the guy hadn't been friendly with me. So, although my dream did not predict exact name of the person, it predicted some relevant features - my conflicting attitude and the fact that the guy had had some encounter with my father's relatives. 6) The last "coincidence" seems the most shocking. In the dream I see myself reading messages on a social network site and someone has said something tragic because I suddenly feel depressed. The message seems to be somewhat public because some other comments follow with expression of sadness and support. Then I get some person's name. It is not very popular in my country. Let's say, it's Basil (because the real name might be inconvenient for you to read and pronounce). Again, the dream has all the qualities of my previous "precognitive dreams". Then I wake up depressed and said. I tried to shake that feeling away. And I did not know, personally, anyone named Basil, so I thought that it was just a dream, nothing special. I went to have my breakfast. The radio in the kitchen was turned on. And the news said that a famous singer of my country had just died after serious complications caused by flu virus. I was not a huge fan of the singer. Definitely not following him closely enough. I did not use Facebook or Twitter at that time. But I have listened to a few of his songs and also I liked his personality and social activities. So, it still was a shock for me, especially combined with the dream. I somehow managed to get myself together and thought: "But what has Basil to do with it?" because the singer's name was not Basil. The radio voice after news continued: "And now we'll have our usual broadcast show, and our guest today is Basil such and such..." Ok, that got creepy. Still, there were too little matching details with my dream. Just death and Basil. Then a few years later I virtually met someone named Basil, seemed like a nice guy, we had some talks about various stuff, but did not get personally close. And after a year he committed suicide without any obvious reason. And I found out about that fact exactly as in my dream about Basil - on the very same social network, in the same manner - a public notice from his close friends. As it turned out, he had some minor sickness, a flu or something but for some reason he took it too seriously and did what he did. Out of the blue. Maybe there were some other reasons, but nobody had a clue. Ok, this time the dream came true after a few years, so this would be a too far stretched, but for some reason my brain combined the pattern "Basil, two deaths, social network" and that famous singer and the Basil, who just happened to follow the first death message. Of course, this led me to thoughts - what could I have changed? What should I do about it? No idea. I read all the information about the singer and Basil, to get to know them better. I found out that the singer had had a tough childhood and I started to understand his song lyrics better. I found out that Basil also was socially active person and had participated in some interviews about handicapped persons (because he had vision issues, the same way as I do; I forgot to mention that I have really low vision although despite that I'm a programmer and like reading a lot). That was the most I could do. Anyway, not sure why would my brain (or whatever it was) create such cruel "coincidence patterns", I definitely had no intent to foresee something like that. Thank you for reading this long post. Feel free to ask additional questions.