Whether you realize it or not, you can see the future.

To be more precise, you can hear the future. Research has shown that our brains are primed for spoken language and can actually anticipate the words someone will say next.

This makes sense if you think about it. Imagine if you had to first receive and then process each word individually as it hit your eardrums and funneled into your brain: You’d still be standing slack-jawed at the コンビニ (konbini, convenience store) register trying to determine whether or not they should microwave your 弁当 (bentō, boxed lunch). Our brains have to be more efficient.