Re: future language

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Wed May 01 2002 - 16:22:03 BST

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    >--- Grant Callaghan <> wrote:
    > > >
    > > It's been my observation over these past 70 and more years that most
    > > of the
    > > predictions of the future made in my lifetime were more wrong than
    > > right.
    > >
    > >
    > > Grant
    > >
    >Our definitions of the "predictions of the future" are then wildly
    >divergent. For example, for me the capability to accurately predict
    >weather for next day is already orders of magnitude more than what our
    >ancestors were capable off. All of our science is based on the idea
    >that we can model and *predict* the phenomena in nature. The success
    >there is obviously something that I count as success in predictions
    >about the future, while (again obviously) you don't. This is perfectly
    >fine, as long as we are both aware that we are speaking about different
    >things when we speak of "prediction of the future". :)
    It is getting better, but the weather predictions I see every night on TV
    are still pretty iffy. My wife and I often joke about the number of times
    they predict rain and there is none or the calls on tomorrow's temperature
    that are off by ten to twenty degrees.



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