Precognition

Precognition or clairvoyance, is the ability to perceive information about future places or events before they happen. It is done by mentally scanning various alternate futures, rather than using deduction based on current knowledge. Clairvoyance can also be used in the present and past times.

Clairvoyance (from 17th century French clair meaning "clear" and voyant meaning "seeing") is a supposed form of extra-sensory perception claiming the transference of information about an object, location, or physical event through means other than the known human senses. A being who possesses precognition or clairvoyance is sometimes called a precog (with[1] or without[2] a hyphen) or a clairvoyant.[3]

History

Occurrence in Population

Precognition is considered a rare skill,[4] but the mutant population has included a surprising number of precogs.[5]

Major Events

Despite their many adventures including time travel, according to Steve Rogers the Avengers "never emphasized, utilized, or recruited among" precognitively-gifted individuals.[5]

Although there was a relatively high number of precogs among mutants, in the aftermath of the Second Coming (and due to the events of M-Day and Messiah Complex), Blindfold was considered the only one left.[5]

In the midst of the T-Cloud/M-Pox crisis, the emergence of the Inhuman precognitive Ulysses Cain and his use in averting crises was the basis of a rift in the superhuman community,[6] including a conflict due to the defiance of Magneto towards the Inhumans' use of their newest asset.[7]

Mechanism

Predicting which possible futures one is likely to experience can never be done with perfect accuracy, since a reality must diverge in order for there to be alternate futures, and hence, there will be divergent counterpart of the predictor in each of these alternate futures. Sometimes precognition is only expressed in vague dreams while asleep, other times it is clear and occurs at will, while awake. The ability to sense danger before it happens is also a precognitive ability (albeit minor), such as Spider-Man's Spider-Sense. This power is closely related to Psychometry.

Related Powers

  • Psychometry: The ability to see the past and/or the future of a being, a place, or an object.[8]
  • Enhanced Intuition: Get a "feeling" about certain things or people, seeing into one's very soul or detecting certain danger.

Gifted Beings

Cable

Notable Precogs

Please find the full list of precogs here.

Notable Clairvoyants

Please find the full list of clairvoyants here.

Notable Psychometrics

Please find the full list of psychometrics here.


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