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For example, in early , Tampa's airport had to repaint the numbers on its runways to reflect their shifting orientation with respect to magnetic north. The good news is that even dramatic changes in the poles' position would have no effect on life on Earth, despite what the doomsday prophets say. Resomation Ltd.
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And when that didn't work out But what about the apocalypse? That's too kooky , even for Camping. Camping does not believe the Mayan calendar holds any significance at all," a spokeswoman says. Camping's mathematical acumen earned him a share in one of 's Ig Nobel Prizes. The year was rung in with a series of reports about mass die-offs, involving blackbirds the so-called "Aflockalypse" in Arkansas , fish, crabs and other creatures. Some wondered whether a global environmental crisis was in the offing, but experts said the Aflockalypse was simply a case of people connecting the dots between unrelated events , facilitated by global communication systems.
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In the Torah, prophecy often consisted of a conditioned warning by their God of the consequences should the society, specific communities, or their leaders not adhere to Torah's instructions in the time contemporary with the prophet's life. Prophecies sometimes included conditioned promises of blessing for obeying their god, and returning to behaviors and laws as written in the Torah.
Conditioned warning prophecies feature in all Jewish works of the Tanakh. Notably Maimonides , philosophically suggested there once were many levels of prophecy, from the highest such as those experienced by Moses , to the lowest where the individuals were able to apprehend the Divine Will, but not respond or even describe this experience to others, citing in example, Shem, Eber and most notably, Noah , who, in biblical narrative, does not issue prophetic declarations.
Maimonides, in his philosophical work The Guide for the Perplexed , outlines twelve modes of prophecy  from lesser to greater degree of clarity:. The Tanakh contains prophecies from various Hebrew prophets 55 in total who communicated messages from God to the nation of Israel , and later the population of Judea and elsewhere. Experience of prophecy in the Torah and the rest of Tanakh was not restricted to Jews. Nor was the prophetic experience restricted to the Hebrew language. There exists a problem in verifying most Native American prophecy, in that they remain primarily an oral tradition , and thus there is no way to cite references of where writings have been committed to paper.
In their system, the best reference is an Elder, who acts as a repository of the accumulated wisdom of their tradition.
In another type of example, it is recorded that there are three Dogrib prophets who had claimed to have been divinely inspired to bring the message of Christianity's God to their people. Esoteric prophecy has been claimed for, but not by, Michel de Nostredame, popularly referred to as Nostradamus , who claimed to be a converted Christian. It is known that he suffered several tragedies in his life, and was persecuted to some degree for his cryptic esoteric writings about the future, reportedly derived through a use of a crystal ball.
Nostradamus was a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of foreknowledge of future events. He is best known for his book Les Propheties "The Prophecies" , the first edition of which appeared in Since its publication, Nostradamus has attracted an esoteric following that, along with the popularistic press, credits him with foreseeing world events.
His esoteric cryptic foreseeings have in some cases been assimilated to the results of applying the alleged Bible code , as well as to other purported pseudo-prophetic works. Most reliable academic sources maintain that the associations made between world events and Nostradamus's quatrains are largely the result of misinterpretations or mistranslations sometimes deliberate or else are so tenuous as to render them useless as evidence of any genuine predictive power.
Moreover, none of the sources listed offers any evidence that anyone has ever interpreted any of Nostradamus's pseudo-prophetic works specifically enough to allow a clear identification of any event in advance. According to skeptics, many apparently fulfilled prophecies can be explained as coincidences possibly aided by the prophecy's own vagueness , or that some prophecies were actually invented after the fact to match the circumstances of a past event " postdiction ". One point to remember is that the probability of an event changes as soon as a prophecy or divination exists.
The accuracy or outcome of any prophecy is altered by the desires and attachments of the seer and those who hear the prophecy. Many prophets make a large number of prophecies.
This makes the chances of at least one prophecy being correct much higher by sheer weight of numbers. The phenomenon of prophecy is not well understood in psychology research literature. Psychiatrist and neurologist Arthur Deikman describes the phenomenon as an "intuitive knowing, a type of perception that bypasses the usual sensory channels and rational intellect. Psychologist Julian Jaynes proposed that this is a temporary accessing of the bicameral mind; that is, a temporary separating of functions, such that the authoritarian part of the mind seems to literally be speaking to the person as if a separate and external voice.
Jaynes posits that the gods heard as voices in the head were and are organizations of the central nervous system. God speaking through man, according to Jaynes, is a more recent vestige of God speaking to man; the product of a more integrated higher self. When the bicameral mind speaks, there is no introspection. We simply experience the Lord telling us what to do. In earlier times, posits Jaynes, there was additionally a visual component, now lost. Child development and consciousness author Joseph Chilton Pearce remarked that revelation typically appears in symbolic form and "in a single flash of insight.
Focus, he said, feeds into "a unified field of like resonance and becomes capable of attracting and receiving the field's answer when it does form. Some cite aspects of cognitive psychology such as pattern forming and attention to the formation of prophecy in modern-day society as well as the declining influence of religion in daily life.
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