Failed Predictions - If at first you don't succeed - keep on sucking till you do

by Terry 8 Replies latest jw friends

  • Terry

    Jehovah's Witnesses aren't the only group whose forecasts, predictions, scare-stories, and data jumbling go awry.

    Take a look:

    What's interesting in the above article is that it is eerily familiar to JW's
    who debunk false teachings. The reprinted news-clippings have strong impact
    and lend gravitas to the argument.
    What argument?
    There's a huge difference between Science and bullshit because Science
    is supposed to TEST its hypotheses.
    Well - FAILURE is a pretty good test.

    1. 1967: Dire Famine Forecast By 1975
    2. 1969: Everyone Will Disappear In a Cloud Of Blue Steam By 1989 (1969)
    3. 1970: Ice Age By 2000
    4. 1970: America Subject to Water Rationing By 1974 and Food Rationing By 1980
    5. 1971: New Ice Age Coming By 2020 or 2030
    6. 1972: New Ice Age By 2070
    7. 1974: Space Satellites Show New Ice Age Coming Fast
    8. 1974: Another Ice Age?
    9. 1974: Ozone Depletion a ‘Great Peril to Life
    10. 1976: Scientific Consensus Planet Cooling, Famines imminent
    11. 1980: Acid Rain Kills Life In Lakes
    12. 1978: No End in Sight to 30-Year Cooling Trend
    13. 1988: Regional Droughts (that never happened) in 1990s
    14. 1988: Temperatures in DC Will Hit Record Highs
    15. 1988: Maldive Islands will Be Underwater by 2018 (they’re not)
    16. 1989: Rising Sea Levels will Obliterate Nations if Nothing Done by 2000
    17. 1989: New York City’s West Side Highway Underwater by 2019 (it’s not)
    18. 2000: Children Won’t Know what Snow Is
    19. 2002: Famine In 10 Years If We Don’t Give Up Eating Fish, Meat, and Dairy
    20. 2004: Britain will Be Siberia by 2024
    21. 2008: Arctic will Be Ice Free by 2018
    22. 2008: Climate Genius Al Gore Predicts Ice-Free Arctic by 2013
    23. 2009: Climate Genius Prince Charles Says we Have 96 Months to Save World
    24. 2009: UK Prime Minister Says 50 Days to ‘Save The Planet From Catastrophe’
    25. 2009: Climate Genius Al Gore Moves 2013 Prediction of Ice-Free Arctic to 2014
    26. 2013: Arctic Ice-Free by 2015
    27. 2014: Only 500 Days Before ‘Climate Chaos’
    28. 1968: Overpopulation Will Spread Worldwide
    29. 1970: World Will Use Up All its Natural Resources
    30. 1966: Oil Gone in Ten Years
    31. 1972: Oil Depleted in 20 Years
    32. 1977: Department of Energy Says Oil will Peak in 90s
    33. 1980: Peak Oil In 2000
    34. 1996: Peak Oil in 2020
    35. 2002: Peak Oil in 2010
    36. 2006: Super Hurricanes!
    37. 2005 : Manhattan Underwater by 2015
    38. 1970: Urban Citizens Will Require Gas Masks by 1985
    39. 1970: Nitrogen buildup Will Make All Land Unusable
    40. 1970: Decaying Pollution Will Kill all the Fish
    41. 1970s: Killer Bees!

      Are these honest errors?
      Or just a conspiracy to sell news stories with dire emotional impact?

      Whichever way you decide -- frightening large populations with doom works like a charm.
  • Finkelstein

    Yup fear mongering hype works like a charm toward exploiting human awareness and as for the WTS helps in the proliferation of literature .

    Exploiting human ignorance along with emotive insecurities is not that difficult of a task.

    The Watchtower Corporation has been doing that for over 140 years.

  • Vidiot

    Everything and everyone is doomed!!!!

  • stillin

    But wait! It's not all doom and despair! The Earth will be a Paradise by now!

  • Terry

    "Science" has old light as well.

  • Half banana
    Half banana

    "And remember by 1914 the whole of the earth will be restored to paradise under Gods heavenly kingdom, with Christ ruling on his father's throne." Bullshit! How they drag this out with so many subsequent failures and still the idiots believe ....It's astonishing!

  • Finkelstein

    Incomplete science combined with speculation has been known to stir up human emotions of fear.

    This can be used to sell or cultivate money even in the realm of scientific endeavors .

  • Finkelstein

    Bullshit! How they drag this out with so many subsequent failures and still the idiots believe.

    Because human ignorance is a valuable and exploitative commodity, particularly in the religoius mindset

  • WTWizard

    What makes it worse is that a failed prediction can cost you salvation. Bad enough when they keep pushing dates for such as famines and hyperinflation, and people prepare for them. At least they are not messing with people's salvation hopes. But, when you start pushing predictions and people had better abide by (and teach) the bad predictions under threat of everlasting death or torment, they had better get it right or they are doing far worse.

    After all, when is the last time someone has been cut off from their whole lives because they didn't buy that roll of silver quarters that someone suggested they buy to prepare for hyperinflation?

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