December 5, 2012
Greeks increasingly revere a mystic, Elder Paisios, who magically forecast “great disruption and confusion” in the country before he died in 1994. Pilgrims visit his gravesite to seek help paying bills and finding jobs. In Italy, also in an social mood slump, a judge recently sentenced six scientists to six years in prison for giving “falsely reassuring” statements before the deadly 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila.
During downturns, “magical thinking” tends to gain sway over practical thinking, and individuals making scientific forecasts face serious risks if people believe they can magically predict the future. Click here to read more.
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