It seems that humans are largely preoccupied with them. In all shapes and forms.
By definition, to predict….. is to say or estimate that (a specified thing) will happen in the future. A forecast, prophecy, prognosis, projection, conjecture. A guess. Some even think dreams are predictions.
Yessirree. Humans to like to know what is going to happen next. We really like to know what is going to happen way, way, WAY down the road.
Truthfully… neither is possible. Not really. There is no certainty in life… absolutely. Strike that. We can be certain of uncertainty.
“I think I am going to order the Cheeseburger with pickles and mayonnaise.”
“If you take a couple of Tylenol, it will help your headache.”
“The plane will arrive at 7:09 this evening.”
“The Groundhog SAW his shadow…… this means….”
Yep. Another Prediction.
We shape our whole day around predictions. Weather forecasts. Stock indicators. Point spreads on football games. Upcoming appointments. Cooking times on pot roasts. All these are merely conjecturing about what might happen, albeit some of these things are educated guesses. But all in all…. they are mostly suppositions.
We have lots of Psychics in the world. People who say they can see the future. Tell us what will happen. Maybe. Maybe not. I think more of them would be winning the lottery…. or something.
Today is Nostradamus’ birthday. Michel de Nostredame… a French born doctor, and later a reputed seer. (14 December 1503 – 2 July 1566) A lot of people think old Nostradamus has predicted many major occurrences in our modern world. Maybe. Maybe not. But he is one of the most famous Predictors.
The Amazing Kreskin. Now there is a Predictor for you. Bends forks too. He is a lot of fun at dinner parties… except for the “forks” thing.
Seems like a lot of other people like to guess about the future. Sometimes… they don’t quite hit the mark:
“Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances.” — Dr. Lee DeForest, Inventor of TV
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” — Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” — Bill Gates, 1981
“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” — Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
“I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.” — Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in “Gone With The Wind.”
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
And there you have it. You just never know… about “around the corner.” But, it makes us feel better to predict. The thing about the future is… it comes to us one little minute at a time. Maybe it would better not to predict it so much. Maybe it would be better to enable that future…. … in hopes of making our dreams come true.
“Prediction is very difficult, especially when it is about the future.”