Bogus prophesies by Nostradamus

Nostradamus, born in the 16th century, is considered by some to be a supposed "fortune teller" due to a set of so-called "prophecies" he wrote. In need of money, and with decent writing skills, Nostradamus wrote phrases in broad general terms which could mean practically anything. When some event occurred that might be construed to mean one of his "prophecies" came true, he immediately used this as advertising to sell more of his books.

No one can ever make any predictions about what will happen in the future unless he is studies the factual evidence about a specific topic, and his predictions can only give a possible or probably outcome. This does not occur by looking at bird entrails or the stars in the sky. Rational predictions are made by studying with 100% honesty all the relevant facts and details about that particular topic. Even then, the person can only predict what may possibly happen, with a varying percent chance of something happening or not.

Nostradamus wrote things like;

"In the field, two kings shall fight, and one shall fall".

Then, when a French king falls in battle fighting the English a few hundred years later, the book sellers say "Ooh look!  Nostradamus predicted this!  Two kings fought, and one fell! Wow!"

In reality, such a simple, broad statement would include anytime a king dies in battle. This is the writing style used, and it is quite laughable.

In one quatrain, Nostradamus writes;

"Beasts ferocious from hunger will swim across rivers"

Now, this broad statement can be applied to almost any event where animals are thought to have went across some river. If, perhaps, a prince in Belgium during the 1800s lost a battle, where his dogs had run across a small river, the Nostradamus book sellers could say "See? This was foretold back in the 1600s!  Hungry animals going across a river. Aha! One of Nostradamus prophecies came true! Let us sell you some of our books on Nostradamus."

This broad writing style, which doesn't amount to anything, is commented on by the noted author Isaac Asimov, who explains how easy it is to write in general, broad terms  to make it sound like any prediction came true many years later.

Virtually all fortune tellers rely on using broad, general words when making their predictions. In ancient times the use of fortune tellers was more prevalent than today, although ancient Jewish legend states that when King Solomon obtained the throne, one of the first things he did was to confiscate all the astrology books from all the people he governed. Solomon basically banned all superstition and fortune telling, replacing it with wisdom and love as explained in Solomon's Proverbs.

Additional note:  Nostradamus wrote in French, so when people translate these so-called prophesies into English they tend to stretch the grammar and use English words which didn't come from the French writings, this being done to make a fake prophecy sound better.

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