Cassandra Syndrome: Predictions That No One Believed Could Avert Disasters
Cassandra Syndrome: Predictions That No One Believed Could Avert Disasters
Even skeptics cannot deny the ability of some people to foresee the future

Cassandra - the heroine of ancient Greek mythology, which Apollo, in love with her, endowed foresight… But she did not reciprocate, and the angry god made it so that no one believed the girl's prophecies. Cassandra predicted the cause of the death of Troy, but she was ridiculed and considered insane. Subsequently, there were many cases in history when clairvoyants tried to warn people about impending disasters, but they were not listened to. This phenomenon is called Cassandra syndrome.

Anthony Sandys. Cassandra

Arthur Painin, who served as an assistant on the Titanic, wrote a letter three days before the disaster, in which he suggested a shipwreck. This letter was recently sold at an auction in London. And 14 years before the tragedy, it was described by the English journalist Morgan Robertson.

Titanic underwater

The beginning of the First World War was foreseen by the fortune-teller-palmist Madame de Tab (Anna-Victoria Savara) in 1912. And a year later she predicted the end of German domination in Europe, which would happen as a result of the impending war. No one took her words seriously.

Wolf Messing

The famous prophet Wolf Messing predicted the outbreak of World War II and the collapse of Hitler. He later named the exact date when Nazi Germany would attack the USSR. Despite the fact that many knew about his gift, Stalin did not want to believe in this prophecy. Subsequently, the rulers repeatedly consulted with the clairvoyant.

Wolf Messing

Important events were often predicted not only by clairvoyants, but also by creative people, primarily writers. Rich imagination, creative thinking, well-developed intuition allowed them to predict the development of certain events. For example, Mark Twain had prophetic dreams. In one of them, he saw the death of his brother, in a dream there were water, fish and fishing rods. Two weeks later, my brother actually died in a fishing accident.

H.G. Wells

Science fiction stories and novels by H.G. Wells predict the invention of the atomic bomb 30 years before the first explosions and the creation of tanks 13 years before the outbreak of the First World War. Critics at that time called his works unscientific fiction, and Albert Einstein bluntly declared that the atomic bomb was complete nonsense.

Hiroshima one month after the atomic bombing, 1945

In his 1914 novel World Set Free, Wells wrote of a uranium-based hand grenade that continued to explode indefinitely. Although in this case it was not even a prediction, but a guide to action. Physicist Leo Szilard, who reread all of Wells's works, decided to translate his ideas into reality and began to work on splitting the atom. Everyone knows the result of the experiments. Wells' novel The Face of Things to Come predicted an imminent world war.

Karel Chapek

Czech writer Karel Čapek foresaw the creation of robots and the atomic bomb. In the play "R.U.R." written in 1920, he wrote about the mass production of mechanical people, which can pose a threat to the existence of the human race. In the novel "Factory of the Absolute" in 1922, he described a "carburetor" that splits atoms, and in the novel "Krakatite" - the creation of an explosive of enormous power that could destroy the whole world. However, the writers foresaw not only catastrophes, but also many scientific discoveries: 10 best book ideas that have been embodied in real life

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