But won’t admit it – Some people have a special gift for predicting chaotic systems like the weather and financial markets, according to Australian psychologist Richard Heath. Chaotic sequences of numbers are very hard to predict because of the ?butterfly effect,? which means that even a small change too small to be measured can have a dramatic impact on the outcome.
Heath identified people who can predict these outcomes by showing volunteers a list of eight numbers and asking them to predict the next four. The volunteers were told that the numbers were the maximum temperatures for the previous eight days, but they were actually computer-generated digits that made up a chaotic sequence.