Yesterday's Myths & Mysteries

Predictive Programming: Who Controls the Future?

You see it sometimes, in books, movies, and television shows: Storylines, or even subtle images, that in retrospect seem to hint at events that actually end up happening in the real world.

A simple coincidence? In the realm of conspiracy, there is no such thing. This phenomenon is known as predictive programming.

What Is Predictive Programming?

Predictive programming is generally thought, by some, to be a tool of the elites, or the so-called Powers That Be.

Whoever they are, many believe they sprinkle our popular culture with subtle — and not so subtle — references to future events in order to make us accept them without question.

This predictive programming arrives in innocuous forms – cartoons, TV shows, popular films. Music, comic books, and advertisements. They often involve horrific tragedies, with the most repeated evidence pertaining to the events of September 11, 2001.

There are, as well, a few other explanations I’ve come across for why, if it exists, predictive programming may be used:

  • Signals to others – Instances of predictive programming are actually messages to certain operators, signaling that it’s time to carry out a particular event. Something along the lines of the symbolism found in Monarch Programming.
  • Hypnosis – It’s used to program or hypnotize the general population into accepting the portrayed reality of future events.
  • Manifestation – It’s used to harness global consciousness in order to manifest desired outcomes (see egregores or thoughtforms).

Examples of Predictive Programming

The Simpsons

The most well-known examples of predictive programming come from The Simpsons. You heard right. The YouTube channel Alltime Conspiracies recently created a video highlighting a few of these alleged predictions.

The most haunting one, of course, involves Lisa Simpson holding up a brochure which reads “New York $9” in the episode The City of New York Vs. Homer Simpson. The two World Trade Center towers in the background of the brochure eerily make it look like it reads 911. The episode aired on September 21, 1997.

Family Guy

Family Guy has also been accused of broadcasting predictive programming. Most prominent is the episode Turban Cowboy, which aired on March 17, 2013. In it, there’s a “cutaway gag” during which Peter Griffin drives over Boston Marathon runners. Almost a month later to the day, on April 15, 2013, the Boston Marathon bombing would occur.

The Lone Gunmen

The pilot episode of the short-lived television series The Lone Gunmen, created by Chris Carter of X-Files fame, aired on March 4, 2001. It deals with a government conspiracy to fly a commercial jet into the World Trade Center.

For another very subtle “prediction” of 9/11, see the opening credits of a miniseries called The 10th Kingdom, which first aired in February 2000. It shows New York City transforming into a world of fairy tales, and if you watch closely, you can see the WTC towers falling vertically in the background at 0:52.

Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan (1898)

Published in 1898, this novella tells the story of an ocean liner called Titan, which hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sinks to its doom. On April 15, 1912, 14 years later, the RMS Titanic would suffer an uncannily similar fate.

What’s more, many of the descriptions of the ship in Futility resemble the Titanic: they were both described as “unsinkable,” they both carried fewer lifeboats than they should have, and they both were of a similar size.

Science Fiction Visionaries

On the lighter side of things, science fiction is often thought to be predictive. The many works of Jules Verne, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek are simple examples of works that predicted technologies and scientific advances we now take for granted.

Global Premonitions

Now, I’ve been dipping my toes into certain conspiracy circles lately, and I keep seeing references to one of Arthur C. Clarke’s novels called Childhood’s End. I think it might be at least somewhat relevant.

I won’t summarize it here (check elsewhere), but one of the story’s elements involves what the protagonist believes is a “racial memory.” You see, the story’s alien Overlords resemble what we’d call demons or the Devil. This makes the protagonist wonder if they hadn’t visited Earth once before in the very ancient past.

Perhaps, he thought, a previous “traumatic encounter” with them gave humans an “instinct to fear” their appearance, and was the genesis for our stories of demonic creatures like the Devil.

As it turns out, this was not the case. Instead, the Overlords explain that this innate fear was actually a “racial premonition.” This premonition manifested itself in our fear of demons, through our stories and mythologies.

Could predictive programming, in reality, be a form of widespread premonition? Instead of being the product of malicious government agencies or secret societies, perhaps these apparent “predictions” are actually brief moments of prescience that slip into our books, movies, and television shows. Our stories. Unintended psychic forecasts.

Final Thoughts

Occam’s Razor, on the other hand, would tell us it’s something far less complicated.

Humans, after all, have an astounding ability to see patterns everywhere, even where there are none. This is known as apophenia – of which pareidolia, a phenomena we often hear about when we see “faces” on Mars, is categorized. But that, in my opinion, is underwhelming.

Is predictive programming real? Is our media manipulated to hypnotize us into accepting a fabricated reality, or to psychically manifest the desires of the Powers That Be? Or do some of our creators have a bit of clairvoyance in them?

It’s a strange world out there. What do you believe?

Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. For nearly 10 years, he's managed Stranger Dimensions, providing a unique perspective on all matters involving time travel, parallel universes, and whether or not robots might one day take over the world.


  1. Very interesting article! The Titan/Titanic conundrum is so eery it almost seems more than predictive programming, but intentional–of course, what shadowy force would profit from it is beyond me, aside from maybe a time-traveling James Cameron ;)

    The thing about 9/11 predictions that fails to impress me, though, is that most conspiracy-minded folks seem seem to overlook the fact that they were MAJORLY iconic, as symbols of NYC, America, and the capitalist way of life in general. They were obvious targets, then, in all forms of media, any time a terrorist attack or disaster is to be portrayed. For instance, if someone were to destroy the statue of liberty, you could go back and find COUNTLESS commercials, movies, books, games, etc. where it was either damaged or destroyed, because it’s a symbol and attacking a symbol MEANS something. If it had been like a random mall destroyed that was predicted years ahead of time THAT would be creepy, but the twin towers being attacked was already as played out by 2001 as aliens attacking the White House.

    1. I definitely agree with you about the 9/11 stuff. The two towers were so prominent in the city’s skyline, and like you said New York has been the focus of so many disaster films (or just films/shows in general). It’s easy to make those connections, now.

  2. Fascinating article Rob! Your summary re the purpose of predictive programming is excellent! I came across this compilation of 9/11 synchronicities, which you and your readers might find of interest Enjoy!

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