Does anyone wholeheartedly believe in clairvoyant? The question might have given rise to conflicting emotions in many of you. Yet in the era dominant by science and technology, it only seems about right to think of it as an absurd idea believing in prophecy and psychic power.
Even so, the reality television star Kim Kardashian West is pretty much shocked by the prediction author Lindsay Harrison and Sylvia Brown made in their self-proclaimed psychic's 2008 book End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies About the End of the World.
In around 2020, a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments", is an excerpt from the book, and it does sound familiar, doesn't it?
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought attention to the prognosis Harrison and Brown made in their book that went unheeded for 12 years. So, was the Coronavirus outbreak really foretold, and what else has been said by Brown regarding the outbreak? Details in the article.
American author, Sylvia Browne's works remained criticized time and again; still, she has penned over 40 books and is listed under New York Times bestselling author. Browne died on 20 November 2013, at the age of 77.
On the other hand, Lindsay Harrison is a writer and teacher and currently resides in New York City. He is also specialized in ghostwriting and celebrity memoirs.
Both co-wrote the book titled End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies about the End of the World, published in 2008. Penguin Random published it in the US while Piatkus, an imprint of Hachette-owned publisher Little Brown Book Group, issued the book in the UK.
In the printed work, Browne discusses myriads of 'end-of-days prophecies' made in the past, including that of French astrologer, Nostradamus, and the Book of Revelation.
In addition, she also puts her psychic power to use, providing her own predictions to unanswered questions as What is coming in the next 50 years or 100 years? If the world is really going to end, what will it unfold in the final hours? What do the prophecies of Nostradamus and Book of Revelation mean?
Browne has posthumously drawn attention to her 12 years old publication after social media went frenzy over a passage in the book. And, when celebrity figures like Kim Kardashian West tweeted the short passage, it only served to intensify the social media meltdown.
West shared the picture from Brown's End of Days on March 12, 2020, and as of now, the twitter post has over 48,500 tweets.
The book currently holds the second position in Amazon's Top 20 Most Sold and Most Read Books of the Week. According to Newsweek, the book is among the top 10 Kindle E-books in the US and UK.
Many well-known figures have called into question the prediction and have cited it as vague.
Writer and investigator, Benjamin Radford, exclaimed about the passage being too generic. In the Centre for Inquiry article, he questioned the 'around 2020' stating,
"Most people would probably agree that 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023 are “around” 2020. She writes “in around” whose grammatically awkward construction suggests to the editor in me that she (or her editor) added the word “around” in a late draft to make it more general—a typical psychic technique."
“Covid-19 is not ‘a severe pneumonia-like illness,’ though it can in some cases lead to pneumonia. Most of those infected (about 80 per cent) have mild symptoms and recover just fine, and the disease has a mortality rate of between 2 per cent and 4 per cent.
But Browne also offers another specific characteristic of this disease, that of “resisting all known treatments.” This also does not describe Covid-19, which doesn’t “resist all known treatments”; in fact doctors know exactly how to treat (though not effectively vaccinate or quarantine, which are very different measures) the disease, and it’s essentially the same for influenza or other similar respiratory infections. There’s nothing unique about Covid-19’s resistance to treatment."
Another author and journalist Bethania Palma in a column of Snopes wrote,
"Although the term “prediction” is a subjective one, it may come as no surprise that Browne claimed to have foreseen an international respiratory disease outbreak, considering that the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak of the early 2000s occurred before her book was published."
She further added,
" “predicting” a worldwide outbreak of a respiratory illness when one has already happened could be more a matter of lucky guessing than predicting."
It should also be noted that numerous claims made by Browne had been proven false in the early 2000s. She gave insights in cases of missing people, which has turned out to be incorrect, including the Ariel Castro kidnappings case.
In it, Browne had stated that one of the victims, Amanda Berry, had already died when in fact, she was kept abducted for years and found alive in 2013. Sadly, Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, died believing that her daughter had been killed.
A 1981 novel The Eyes of Darkness by American writer Dean Koontz has been making headlines for its fictional bioweapon called the Wuhan-400, given the emergence of Coronavirus from Wuhan, China.
There's no way The Simpsons would not make it to the list of predicting major events as Coronavirus pandemic. Some admirers of the show have claimed that the show predicted the ongoing coronavirus outbreak back in 1993.
Though the prediction is a bit imprecise, season four's episode Marge in Chains depicting a global pandemic known as Osaka Flu has been linked to the present situation caused by Coronavirus.
The 2011 movie Contagion has also gone on to hold the fourth spot in most downloaded films on various torrent sites. Moreover, the movie has also been trending in Amazon Prime and iTunes.
The movie tells the story of a virus that comes from a bat; no wonder it is what people are watching to kill time while most countries remain under lockdown.
Amid the outbreak, many shows has been postponed, so perhaps that explains why people are looking up to decade-old books and movies.