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Retrocognition , literally “after knowledge ”, also known as postcognition, describes a form of alleged “looking back” or “re-predicting” an event or fact from the past without any rational knowledge available at the time of looking back. The counterpart to this is precognition .

The term was coined by Frederic WH Myers , who understood retrocognition as knowledge of a past event that could not have been learned or inferred by normal means, i.e. which does not result from conclusions or memories.

Retrocognition has long been considered an unverifiable phenomenon because in order to verify that a certain retrocognitive experience has actually occurred, it is necessary to review existing documents and human knowledge about the existence of this event, which cannot be excluded with certainty as to the existence of this event If the person was not previously aware of these documents, rational knowledge at the time of looking back can really be ruled out.

With retrocognition, those affected experience past events and situations as vividly as if they were taken back in time. Probably for this reason, characters develop this ability in some mystery or science fiction films and television series, for example Angela Petrelli in the series Heroes , Phoebe Halliwell in Charmed - Magic Witches and Allison DuBois in Medium - Nothing remains hidden . In the FBI's Fringe series , the term retrocognition was added to the opening credits with the third season.

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  1. Parapsychological Association , Glossary of Parapsychological terms - Retrocognition ( Memento of the original from August 24, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , 2007 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ JB Rhine: History of experimental studies. In: BB Wolman (Ed.): Handbook of Parapsychology. New York 1977, pp. 25-47