Precognition or the vision of things to come is a phenomenon that has been observed for more than 2,000 years. The Bible and other ancient texts offer various evidence of precognitions and precogs in the form of mediums, diviners, and seers who used their abilities to avert disasters or to prevent or win wars.
Nostradamus is perhaps the most famous precog who ever lived. Born in 1503 as Michel de Nostradame in the South of France, Nostradamus was a French apothecary who eventually became famous of his published prophesies of major world events. Prior to becoming known as a seer and prophet, Nostradamus also supposedly became famous for creating the “rose pill,” which was known to protect against the plague. He eventually turned his attention to the occult and astrology and, by 1555, had completed “The Prophecies,” a book of predictions on France and about the fate of the rest of the world. A second version was published in 1557 and an expanded version in 1558. An omnibus edition called the “Centuries” was published after his death in 1568.
Nostradamus’ prophecies were written as four-lined verses, which were laid out in his book, arranged into sections of ten verses each. One notable characteristic of his prophecies was the cryptic language used due to his liking for anagrams and Latin, Hebrew, and Portuguese words. Popular predictions of Nostradamus that believers claim to have come true include the Great Fire of London in 1666, the rise of Adolf Hitler, the September 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, and several deaths of monarchs over the course of history.