Science Fiction Predictions gone awry
by, February 4th, 2011 at 11:09 AM (1380 Views)
In the news today Europe is struggling to deal with their financial crisis and the Euro continues to loose ground against other currencies. It made me think of a SciFi story I recently read where they would only accept Euros, because the US dollar had become worthless. We certainly aren't seeing that happen. That made me think of other scientific predictions which writers had made that didn't pan out.
In the 20th Century, stories about overpopulation and the inevitable famine were common--Soylent Green being one of the most popular. Yet today it isn't too little food that's a problem but too much food--governments are even trying to legislate the obesity.
This year we have seen record COLD temperatures around the world. Even advocates of Global Warming and Global Cooling, who are embarrassed by the latest scandal (Climategate--the made up data used to support this theory) and the lack of evidence, have renamed their theory Climate Change, the third change so far but probably not the last.
What can we learn from all of these examples? It seems that whenever a writer relies on progressive or liberal ideas, the predictions don't pan out. Maybe it's time to STUDY history instead of trying to invent it.