Tuesday, February 12, 2013
12 February 2013
Prediction: Mankind will not destroy itself, nor will "Civilization" be destroyed.
Predictor: Robert A. Heinlein, 1950, predicting the Year 2000
Reality: Last week, we had a quote from a Heinlein essay in 1947 predicting the end of the United States in 1986. He was definitely influenced then by "Hap" Arnold's view of what the next war would look like. Three years later, he had definitely calmed down. The set of predictions this one was taken from does not give the change of heart any context, whether he realized the nuclear war scenario was completely profitless for both sides or he thought the U.S. had shown sufficient preparedness to avoid being in second place.
In either case, Grumpy Old Bob gets one right. We haven't destroyed ourselves with nukes.
Looking ahead one day... INTO THE FUTURE! Wednesday is John Elfreth Watkins Day. In 1900, he looks at the future of airships... in the year 2000!
Join me then... IN THE FUTURE!