In a comment by WM H. to my last article he mentioned Da Vinci related to Jules Verne and his prophetic science fiction. Perhaps he didn't intend to mean it as a "put down" to the idea of the reality of one knowing the future except by "clever guessing" but it brings up another interesting aspect about this ability to "see into the future." I think that many writers will understand exactly what I am getting at.
I refer to the fact that "writing" at times seems like a sort of "dreaming with pen in hand." I know that I have personally written something so fast that I did not understand what I had written until I read it back later. Sometimes a story seems to "write itself" in my mind and I am simply dictating what is coming to me. I know that others have had this experience. And I equate it to my mind (a knowledge receptor with no physical form or attachment to the brain) being "in tune" with a spiritual world that feeds a story into my thoughts. This is how I see Jules Verne "inventing the submarine."
As a good example, I would like to suggest as I did in my appendium to my article, DOES SCIENCE HAVE BLINDERS ON? that any dissenters please answer questions about the following true story. You can see it recounted in the forward to Walter Lord's A NIGHT TO REMEMBER about the sinking of the Titanic. As it turns out, a novel was written and published four years prior to the Titanic's ill fated voyage. The story line of the book is about a brand new, latest technology ship like the Titanic. Everything about the ship in the story was almost precisely like that of the Titanic. The tonage, the length, the unsinkableness of it and a host of other details. Like the Titanic, the ship in the story sailed on the North Atlantic bound for New York in April over the same route as that of the Titanic four years later. It has on it the same sort of passenger mix of prominent people. There are, in fact, so many "coincidences" between the story and the actual Titanic that I can't even remember all of them. The ship in the story also strikes an ice berg and sinks.
When I read this, I couldn't believe it. It had to be a big "stretch" from the truth. I was so flabbergasted that I was highly skeptical. So, I ordered an interlibrary loan of the book (from the Yale Library, as I remember). When I read it, I found that it was all quite true. And to put icing on the cake of this supposed "coincidence" the name of the ship in the story is the TITAN. Can you believe this? If you don't, get the book on an interlibrary loan (I don't recall the name or the author) and read it for yourself.
How do you explain this "coincidence" involving so many details of "coincidence" in the lexicon of the laws of physics? Personally, I think that the writer -- probably without knowing it -- had the story "fed to him" from another world, the world of the future. This is just one more of the mass of evidence I have insisted exists that leads some of us to strongly think that there is much more to this universe than simple mathematically explainable phenomena. "Yes, Virginia... there is a God."