Syllabus: Presentiment: Exploring the Nature and Theories of Time

Winter, 2020
Instructor: John G. Kruth, M.S.
Tuesday evenings, March 4 - March 25

Course Description

This 4-week online course explores the phenomenon of Presentiment and how this phenomenon impacts the scientific view of time. Presentiment is an unconscious form of precognition that has demonstrated that the physical body and sometimes the mind respond to events that have not yet happened.

Feeling the future, precognitive memory, physical responses to future events, and how studying after a test can improve your test scores. Scientific studies that have explored these events call into question our perception of time. Based on these studies, this course will explore theories of time in physics and philosophy.

Course Objectives

This course will introduce students to the scientific studies related to presentiment and time. Students will learn to differentiate presentiment from precognition. Students will also learn the basic theories of time.

In addition to the basic concepts, students will be introduced to the paradoxes presented by different theories of time. The course also discusses the impact of scientific studies of presentiment on time theory and the perception of time.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Presentiment and Concepts of Time
    • Precognition & Presentiment
    • Examples of Presentiment
    • Time and Causality
    • Paradoxes
    • Intro to Presentiment and Time
  2. Basic Theories of Time
    • Timelines
    • Relativity
    • Multiple Timelines/Multiple Universes
    • Quantum Entanglement and Time
  3. Presentiment: The Scientific Evidence
    • What is presentiment?
    • Dick Biermann
    • Dean Radin
    • Daryl Bem
    • Meta-analyses
    • Evolution and Presentiment
  4. Paradoxes and Impacts
    • Paradox Overview
    • Bootstrap Paradox
    • Twins Problem/Paradox
    • Impacts
    • Time Travel
    • Nature of Time (review)
    • Future Directions

Course Materials

Various articles provides by the instructor and provided for download throughout the course.

Course Activities

  • Students will be expected to view the class broadcasts or the recordings of the classes each week.
  • Students will be expected to participate in weekly discussion forums and activities. Each student will be expected to provide an original posting each week and to respond to at least one other student in the discussion forums. Greater participation in this area will be considered during class evaluations.
  • Students will complete a 2-5 page paper discussing their conception of time and the effects of presentiment on concepts of time. The final project will be due 10 days after the final class is broadcast.


Evaluation and Grading

Students who are taking the course for a grade will be assessed using a letter grade based on the standard letter grade format.
A – 90 - 100.
B – 80 – 89.
C – 70 – 79.
D – 60 – 69.
F – Below 60.

Participation in the forums is a large component of the grading, and substantive postings are necessary to get full credit for each discussion topic.

The following activities will be considered to contribute to the courses as follows:

Discussions (Total 40%)

  • Week 1 (10%)
  • Week 2 (10%)
  • Week 3 (10%)
  • Week 4 (10%)

Final Paper (60%)