Axioms Psychohistory depends on the idea that, while one cannot foresee the actions of a particular individual, the laws of statistics as applied to large groups of people could predict the general flow of future events. Asimov used the analogy of a gas: an observer has great difficulty in predicting the motion of a single molecule in a gas, but can predict the mass action of the gas to a high level of accuracy. (Physicists know this as the Kinetic theory.) Asimov applied this concept to the population of his fictional Galactic Empire, which numbered a quintillion. The character responsible for the science's creation, Hari Seldon, established two axioms: that the population whose behaviour was modeled should be sufficiently large that the population should remain in ignorance of the results of the application of psychohistorical analyses There is a third underlying axiom of Psychohistory, which is trivial and thus not stated by Seldon in his Plan: that Human Beings are the only sentient intelligence in the Galaxy. The Prime Radiant Asimov presents the Prime Radiant, a device designed by Hari Seldon and built by Yugo Amaryl, as storing the psychohistorical equations showing the future development of humanity. The Prime Radiant projects the equations onto walls in some unexplained manner, but it does not cast shadows, thus allowing workers easy interaction. Control operates through the power of the mind, allowing the user to zoom in to details of the equations, and to change them. One can make annotations, but by convention all amendments remain anonymous. A student destined for speakerhood has to present an amendment to the plan. Five different boards then check the mathematics rigorously. Students have to defend their proposals against concerted and merciless attacks. After two years the change gets reviewed again. If after the second examination it still passes muster the contribution becomes part of the Seldon Plan. The Radiant, as well as being interactive, employs a type of colour-coding to equations within itself for ready comprehension by Psychohistorians. Seldon Black are the original Seldon Plan equations developed by Seldon and Amaryl during the first four decades of Seldon's work at the University of Streeling, and define Seldon Crises, the Plan's duration, and the eventuation of the Second Galactic Empire. Speaker Red are additions to the plan by Speakers (Senior Mentalic Psychohistorians of the Second Foundation) since the time of Seldon. Deviation Blue are observed deviations away from Psychohistorical projections with a deviation in excess of 1.5 standard deviation of predicted outcomes (1.5 σ). The Era of Deviations, at the rise of the Mule, produced deviations in the Seldon Plan in excess of .5 through 10 sigmas, and the resolution of this period required a full century of labour on the part of the Second Foundation to return the Galaxy to the Plan. Other colours have been imagined by fans, and mentioned by Asimov, such as: Notation Green - additions of pertinent scientific papers appended to findings (Forward the Foundation) Projection Purple - Useful for determining limits on future Speaker Red equations, using projections of events with regard to a very sketchy but still monumental Seldon Black scheme. A tool of the first three generations of Psychohistorians after Seldon, and by the 5th Century of the Plan a teaching tool at most. (Forward the Foundation)
Originally posted by Carreau
Thanks BO for making this and if anyone wants to flame about the thread blame me, I asked BO to make it.
What I found interesting is that this father didn't make specific claims such as my son predicted the towers would fall, he said his son predicted flags everywhere. Now if he wanted to troll and make up stuff why not shoot for the moon and not subtle ones?
I'm not suggesting the end of the world either but IF every event he talks about in the video happened the way he described, then maybe his son has some ability and an explosion will happen on OCT 1, 2013 that will cause a large number of people in his area to not be able to live there. I at least am open to the possibility of SOME psychic skill in certain individuals.
Originally posted by PeaceVindicator
reply to post by opethPA
Thank you for your input. That definitely makes a whole lot more sense. As someone who is brand new to actively participating in forums, I will strive here on out to read preexisting threads about a topic before blindly posting a video. I'm not really about that misinformation spreading jam.