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  1.  (1982.1)


    Well, following the Baba Vanga prophecies, the things will be very bad in 2010:

    2010 - World War III. War will begin in November 2010 and end in October 2014. Will begin as usual, then nuclear will be used initially, and then chemical weapons.

    2011 - As a result of the fallout of nuclear fallout in the northern hemisphere will not be any animals or vegetation. Then Muslims will wage war against chemical surviving Europeans.

    2014 - Most people will suffer skin cancer and other skin diseases (a consequence of chemical warfare).

    2016 - Europe almost lonely (empty).


    But the End will be not that bad:

    4304 - Found a way to win any disease.

    4308 - Due to mutation people at last beginning to use their brains more than 34%. Completely lost the notion of evil and hatred.

    4509 - Getting to Know God. The man has finally been reached such a level of development that can communicate with God.

    4599 - People achieve immortality.

    4674 - The development of civilization has reached its peak. The number of people living on different planets is about 340 billion. Assimilation begins with aliens.

    5076 - A boundary universe. With it, no one knows.


    More about (including a prediction that someone could see as "right") here.
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      CommentAuthorAlexis
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008
     (1982.2)
    Have to admire his bravery, those are very specific predictions. This one, though,
    4308 - Due to mutation people at last beginning to use their brains more than 34%. Completely lost the notion of evil and hatred.
    is fatally flawed. The notion that we only use a small portion of our brain is a myth, though most of the brain is not used for higher thought. Have to consider all of the predictions are based on similar bullshit.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008
     (1982.3)
    As I understand it, we also only use 10% of our brain for cognitive though at any given time. Different portions of our brain are used at different times.

    I could be wrong, though. I'm sure someone will correct me if I am.
  2.  (1982.4)
    I was always under the impression that we use 10% of our brain's capacity, not 10% of our physical brain. Like using your computer for just word processing. You're using the RAM, the HD, the mouse, the keyboard, the monitor, the motherboard, etc, but you're not pushing it, surfing the outerweb or playing video games.
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      CommentAuthorAlexis
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008
     (1982.5)
    I'm no brain surgeon, so I encourage anyone to look this up, but I can't find any reliable sources that say where the famous 10% number comes from. It seems that it was just made up. I'm pretty sure that most people use all of their brain for what the brain does, unless they have brain damage. Think about it, if there were large parts of unused brain, wouldn't there be a lot of people saying "oh, I had a head injury, but thank god it was an unused part of the brain." It seems like the only people who like to bring up the 10% of the brain thing are psychics, mediums, and things like that who want to claim extra magic brain power, saying they use the other 90%.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008
     (1982.6)
    I bet the 10% figure came from a journalist who misunderstood a scientist who said something like "we only know what 10% of the brain does."

    Brains are very resource-consuming, metabolically speaking. Takes a lot to feed them and cool them. If we could really make due with smaller ones, it would have been a evolutionary advantage.
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      CommentAuthorMegaGoosey
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008
     (1982.7)
    Hehe. Predictions are funny. I guess we only need to wait a few years for the first one is disproved, then all the silly wackjobs that take this seriously will have to stfu. That is until the next self proclaimed prophet makes some kind of grandiose predictions of the future.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008
     (1982.8)
    Usually they just move on to how the words were "misinterpreted." But at least they get quieter.
  3.  (1982.9)
    Have to consider all of the predictions are based on similar bullshit.

    My view is that the 'similar bullshit' would be Baba Vanga's mind. I'm not saying I believe his predictions, but if he was receiving visions of the future surely they would be being filtered through his own mind and knowledge. Therefore when he translates them they are tainted by his own world view.
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      CommentAuthorAlexis
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
     (1982.10)
    I have one serious problem with anyone who says they see the future, and that is where were you the day before these terrible things happened? How come everyone only has hazy predictions that they use to point out things after the fact? If you truly knew the future and you made no efforts to help evacuate an area before a disaster, or stop a war, or murder, couldn't that be considered criminal? Come to me September 10th and tell me what will happen, not September 12th with a book of prophesies telling me what did happen. It would take a hell of a lot to convince me anyone is seeing any part of the future.
  4.  (1982.11)
    I dunno, like a week before September 11th 2001 I had a dream some building I didn't know fell and then he Simpsons were clinging on to a road block warning thing while it was sliding downhill with a giant cloud of dust behind them. Of course you'll call bullshit since it's after the fact (and could be coincidence), but I think the American family and America as a whole has been going downhill since.

    I've had a couple other precog dreams, some are purely symbolic and one was a replica of what was going to happen. It seems the dreams don't make sense until it's too late though.
    • CommentAuthordtfischer
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008 edited
     (1982.12)
    If one does have a prediction of doom (eg. natural disaster) and tries to warn everyone, who would believe them? Most don't evacuate when scientists and governments advise it. And if the "prophet" (and their circle of friends) claimed they knew before hand, it would be met with skepticism, no matter how much proof they had to the contrary. It would no doubt be considered doctored.

    Worse still, I would think that someone accurately predicting an assassination publicly might be contacted after it proves to be true - to see if they had a hand in it.
    • CommentAuthordtfischer
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
     (1982.13)
    Why is it that for anyone making predictions, they need to be 100% correct for ALL of them? (And I'm not admitting to believing in all this, I'm just curious as to why there is an expected rate of efficiency higher than any other human endeavor).
    • CommentAuthorZeebo
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
     (1982.14)
    5078: Tyranids located. God-Emperor born. The future becomes awesome.

    The problem with seeing the future is that it's only ever a single possibility which could change at a moment's notice. I'm reminded of Frank Herbert's theories on this. The future isn't fixed, so I often wonder why more prophets don't take a shotgun approach and just list a dozen possibilities for the same year.

    I can see the future: in 2008, America will elect as the president an atrocious candidate who will lead the nation to ruin, or possibly they will choose a good candidate who will restore the nation's glory. However, if all goes without interference, they will elect someone and the nation will continue its present course with minor perturbations. See? Just wait until 4 years from now. Time will prove me right.
  5.  (1982.15)
    @Zeebo: That's not prophesy, that's punditry!
  6.  (1982.16)
    @dtfischer

    I'm just curious as to why there is an expected rate of efficiency higher than any other human endeavor.


    Because being able to guess half the future just means you're paying attention to the world.

    Predicting with 100% accuracy is a more-than-human endeavor, so when someone claims to be able to swing that, they better be able to back it up.
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
     (1982.17)
    Out of everyone in the world (or even reading this forum), it would be more odd if someone hadn't had a dream of collapsing building before 9/11.
  7.  (1982.18)
    her predictions honestly read like bad fanfiction.
    • CommentAuthordtfischer
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
     (1982.19)
    @JoshHechinger

    If someone can predict an event with a great amount of detail ahead of time, it shouldn't matter how many misses they might have afterwards. Unless they are applying for the pro-league of prophets, a valid prediction is just that and shouldn't be discounted.

    @SilentObjector

    I got the same impression. It was still a fun read. Thanks for the post, collindeplancy.
  8.  (1982.20)
    @dtfischer

    That's a fair point.

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