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Divination and Scientific Prediction

The Epistemology of Prognostic Sciences in Medieval Europe

Alexander Fidora

astrologers, the etymological explanation being that God is present in the subject of cognition. 6 According to this account, augurs and astrologers claim for their predictions a status of knowledge that, they allege, partakes in the knowledge of God, which elevates it above the limits of natural knowledge

Masiiwa Ragies Gunda

these churches is mainly predictive.’ 2 Some prophets have become superstars because they can heal and make predictions; hence their followers often denigrate ‘the perceived ‘lack’ of the Holy Spirit in [mission] churches.’ 3 Listening to the prophets and their followers, it is argued that ‘the Bible

William Outhwaite, William Outhwaite and Larry Ray

eschew speculative prophecy and stick to testable predictions, we are inclined to suggest something more like the opposite in relation to the analysis of state socialism. There is, of course, a long and ignoble history of euphoria and punch-pulling in Western accounts of communism, fed by an even

Frederick Turner

? Science, with its imperative insistence on correct prediction as the test of truth and truth as the mathematically predictable, is our greatest retort to the insult of our future-blindness. What we can predict is what we can make secure: fear, one might say, is the mother of invention. But to be candid

Jose Bellver

Introduction The prediction of the Muslim capture of Jerusalem credited to Ibn Barraǧān was fulfilled by Saladin (d. 589/1193) on raǧab 583/October 1187. The prediction was found by Muḥyī l-Dīn b. al-Zakī (d. 598/1202) 1 in Ibn Barraǧān’s Koranic commentary on the beginning verses of sura al

Esben Petersen

the prediction objection , i.e., the objection that skeptical predictions conflict with the way we ordinarily speak and think about knowledge ( Bonjour 2010, DeRose 1995, Greco 2000, Grice 1989, Hawthorne 2004, Lewis 1996 , Schaffer 2004a ). Roughly put, the objection is that skepticism leads to

Stefanie Rudolf

. Contrariwise the predictions or methods of divination are sometimes attributed to legendary authors, religious authorities or even gods. This clearly is part of a rhetorical strategy which served to raise the ‘value to the market’. The desired effect was to have a better chance to sell this kind of texts or

Eva Bellin

. By retracing the course of events in events like that of the Arab Spring we are able to tease out the causal links that led to the outcomes. This is the essence of explanation. But elucidating these causal paths falls far short of bestowing the power of prediction because prediction assumes an

Olivia Murton, Lauryn Zipse, Nori Jacoby and Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel

is increased beyond 1800 ms. In addition to negative mean asynchronies (NMAs; i.e., taps anticipating the associated clicks, indicating prediction), positive mean asynchronies emerge as a common occurrence, reflecting that participants are no longer successfully predicting the occurrence of the

Michael Vicko Zolondek

Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 8 (2010) 237–253 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/174551911X571076 Th e Authenticity of the First Passion Prediction and the Origin of Mark 8.31-33 Michael Vicko Zolondek University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland