posted on Jul, 7 2009 @ 12:55 AM
Originally posted by Blanca Rose
reply to post by Phage
I predict your request will be denied!
How are failed predictions not hoaxes?
Somebody comes up with the crap, and it doesn't come true. How is that not a hoax?
Hoaxes are created to deliberately mislead, fool and deceive people. At worst they involve fraud.
Some of the ATS false predictions are outcomes of someone young placing a little too much significance on a weird dream they've had. Others are so
immersed in 'joining the dots,' they mistake mundane incidents as part of a series of 'signposts' that lead them towards the 'Truth.' Their
belief in pattern recognition means they honestly believe in their predictions and could even be at fault (in their own opinion) for not sharing their
The predictions threads (if not hoaxed) share some of the same features as the ones involving a member claiming greater insight. Both types claim a
knowledge that comes from 'God,' 'aliens,' or a 'greater power.' Both types indicate that the member feels somehow elevated from the majority of
people. They have distinguished or excluded themselves from majority thinking.
Another feature I've noticed is that the OP is often an 'act of the moment' done without thought of consequence. They open bravely, but once the
thread takes off, their discomfort at the attention leads to the inevitable "I'll be back later"...exit:stage left