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Crystal ball gazing

From those nice people at Pravda who were threatening us with all sorts of nastiness for the coming year, a selection of predictions:

2010: Scientists will finally prove that the human soul exists after death

I doubt it. How could the hypothesis be falsified? If not, then it is not science.

2010 – 2012: Countries of Europe, America and the Pacific region will unite into large regional blocks.

Well, there's already the EU, NAFTA and ASEAN, so that is not enormously radical, unless they mean the total extinction of national sovereignty in those places.

2015-2025: Radioactive wastes will be removed from Earth and launched into space;

Sounds like a plan.

2016: The world will begin to run out of oil reserves.

Peak oil - yawn....

2022: Man will land on Mars

Harrumph, when I was a lad we thought it would be done in the 1970s. Somewhere I have a set of tea cards illustrating it.

Courtesy of google, here goes:

2029: Cyborgs will see the light

I wonder which denomination.

2069: A military conflict between Russia and China for Siberian territories will occur;

I'd expect it to happen a lot sooner than that.

2075: Euthanasia will be legalized in all countries;

Fancy. Including the Vatican. With a bit of luck I'll be long dead by then.

2110: Transsexuals will make five percent of the Earth’s population.

I doubt it.


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Blogger Leg-iron said... 8:55 pm

Reminds me of all those 'Tomorrow's World' inventions that never saw the light of day again.

I hope scientists never prove the soul survives death (unlikely, mainly because they aren't actually trying). Imagine a government who could argue that the death penalty wasn't death, just an inconvenience. Or that wartime casualties weren't really dead so using the nuke is okay. It would justify far too much!

Next they'd want to know who reincarnated as who, so someone sentenced to three life sentences could be banged up as soon as they reappeared.

I don't know if there's any kind of afterlife. There's only one way to find out for sure and I'm not that curious. One thing is sure - there's nothing more dangerous than a government who believes in the afterlife, because they aren't really killing you, they're saving your soul.

We've tried that kind of rule. It wasn't good. The last thing we need is any kind of science backing it up!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:55 am

You, Sir/ Madam, have a vivid imagination. I did enjoy your thoughts on the implications of the existence of an everlasting soul.  

Blogger Nick Drew said... 8:59 pm

Himmel, C, you are hard to impress !

the implications of the existence of an everlasting soul - reminds me of the very first conversation I had with Mr Newmania & your Goodself ...  

Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said... 12:03 am

A fairly mild bunch of possibilities IMHO. No mention of Israel!!  

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