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23-12-2013, 07:03 AM
About Jules Verne.
Jules Verne had supposedly accurately predicted many future inventioned, I was wondering to what extent is that true?
Other than the fact that he didn't really predict anything, but influenced scientists who have read his works.

Lets take submarines... how exactly did he predict it? Submarines existed for hundreds of years in one form or another (Link)
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23-12-2013, 12:40 PM
RE: About Jules Verne.
(23-12-2013 07:03 AM)Vlad Wrote:  Jules Verne had supposedly accurately predicted many future inventioned, I was wondering to what extent is that true?
Other than the fact that he didn't really predict anything, but influenced scientists who have read his works.

Lets take submarines... how exactly did he predict it? Submarines existed for hundreds of years in one form or another (Link)

You haven't told us who makes those claims. Can you point some out?

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23-12-2013, 03:01 PM
RE: About Jules Verne.
The page makes my iPad crash...

But do you mean this stuff??

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/...niversary/


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23-12-2013, 07:41 PM
RE: About Jules Verne.
I read/ heard something about it all.

He wasn't a philosopher or anything. He was the author of many many science fiction books back in the day. 20,000 leagues under the sea, around the world in 80 days etc.

Really he was just extremely imaginative, and extremely good at taking technology that was just theory back then and making it work to his writing. I'd say if anything he was a genius who was years ahead of his time, even if he didn't know it.
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24-12-2013, 01:17 AM
RE: About Jules Verne.
I suppose it's similar to how Swift described the moons of Mars before they were discovered. He didn't actually, it was coincidence.

http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index...s-of-mars/
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24-12-2013, 03:55 PM
RE: About Jules Verne.
"I predict we will colonize the moon."

No thought or effort was put into that prediction. It's binary, either people will or won't colonize the moon from now until infinity. If it doesn't come true, people will ignore it. If it does, I'll be hailed a visionary or perhaps supernatural. Drinking Beverage

Or if it partly comes true, people might rationalize it and twist it to fit the prediction OR reword and reinterpret the predictions.
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