Every psychic worth
his beans makes predictions when the ball drops (or before). If a
prediction turns out to be correct, then this successful hit increases their
stature as a medium. If the world worked the way it should, then a miss
(or completely wrong prophecy) would mark against them. Unfortunately,
that's not the case.
instance, Uri Geller predicted that Al Gore would become President of the
United States. This prediction took place around 1983, so Geller stands
by it even now. According to him (and to his deepest hopes, I'm sure),
it will become true at some time in the future, despite Gore's assurances that
he would not be running in the national election again.
so, that doesn't stop Geller from making even more prophecies for the
coming year. But where most prophecies are inclined to short statements
of future events, Geller takes a different route. Here are some
excerpts, from a cnn.com transcript:
I believe that within the coming 50-60-70 years, we will actually be able to
teleport objects. I know it sounds far out and very science fictiony, but it
is going to be a tangible matter.
also some annoying anchorperson banter:
ALLEN: Wow. WATERS: I'll go if it'll get me
around the traffic jams.
ALLEN: Believe me, he would.
I predict that
probably 50 years from now, there will be 12 billion people, and that -- that
is a horrifying aspect because we will have to feed 12 billion people, and
unfortunately, we will have to cut down rain forest in order to create land to
use agriculture to grow food.
10, 15 years from now,
scientists will actually be able to create and build nanorobots. They will be
no bigger than 1.5 billionth of a meter. These nanorobots will be injected
into our body, and they will be programmed to destroy cancerous tumors, to
unblock blocked arteries and so forth.
But I think that we will be
able to detect certain waves or frequencies that will reach us from deep
outside the universe, and we will how to decipher the message and hopefully
we'll be able to use it for our benefit. So, yes in, the coming 100 years,
there will be some type of an extra-terrestrial connection.
the rub: these aren't predictions in the usual psychic sense. If we do
invent nanobots, will that lead Geller to then claim that he predicted it, and
thus cement his reputation as a mentalist? It doesn't take a psychic to
predict that the world will be overpopulated in fifty years.
aren't psychic predictions. They're fanciful speculations, the kind of
which science fiction fans, writers and pundits have been espousing for
decades. By cleverly mixing his weirdo prophecies with likely scientific
advancements, and giving himself a hundred year window for which the
prediction to come true, Geller is setting himself up as a prophet of
a prediction of my own: within 150 years, everyone currently living on the
planet will be dead. Maybe even sooner than that.