Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sylvia Browne Predictions: 2011

It's that time of year again. Time for family, food, and psychic predictions by none other than Sylvia Browne. Lets take a look at what she had in-store for us in 2010, 2011 and beyond!


Browne's predictions are as follows:


"Around 2009 to 2011, I predict Americans will start working on what I like to call our 'buts.' There are problems that we are aware of that make the global community smaller. We have liked to say, 'Our system works'..but...

...Children are not properly fed, clothed, educated, protected or given adequate medical care.

...Many in our population do not have a place to call home.

...Some of our youth get more attention from gangs and drug dealers than they do positive role models.

...People who are ready, willing and able to work cannot find decent jobs.

...Our elderly are not cared for properly either financially or medically.

...Some death row inmates are innocent.

...Some elected officials and large corporations do not think of the welfare of the people as a high priority - they'd rather just increase their bank accounts.

I predict we'll develop strong resolve and resources to address these problems and come up with some good solutions."

This seems quite vague, to say the least. Browne states that Americans will start to work on problems in our country that need solutions. Which Americans? The President? The House? The Senate? Me? You? Your neighbors? Who exactly is going to start working on these problems, Sylvia? What does "will start working on" mean? It seems that any American putting up a flier about the homeless needing homes would make your "prediction" accurate. Not very impressive.

"I predict a great rise in skin cancer in children until 2010. There is a lot of media coverage about the UV rays and many products to protect people against them. But people are still often careless when it comes to the sun. Then again, people could pay attention - and reverse this prediction right out from under me. I would certainly be all for that!"

What a great technique. Browne explains away a failure before it even happens. She wins either way!


"I predict the President elected sometime between 2008 and 2020 will die in office from a heart attack. The Vice President who will finish their term will have an unpopular and mistaken intention to declare war on North Korea. By that time, North Korea will have weapons of mass destruction. In the middle of efforts to declare war, I predict the Vice President will be assassinated."
This could be between President Obama and whoever the next president will be. According to Browne, whoever the president is between 2008 and 2020 will die in office from a heart attack. Browne is very specific when she says "will die in office from a heart attack". Does this mean if the president dies in office from something other than a heart attack, Browne's "prediction" is a failure? It would seem so. "North Korea will have weapons of mass destruction." I think North Korea has had weapons of mass destruction since October, 2006. Browne also predicts that the Vice President will be assassinated in office. I guess we'll have to wait till 2020 to see if any of this pans out.

"There will be a worldwide investigation into the Vice President's death with both pleasant and unpleasant surprises. A lot of attention will be paid to one of the investigative congressional committees and serious accusations will be made regarding missing funds. Finally, it will be revealed that their accusations are part of a conspiracy to damage the American people's faith in their government, with the media manipulated to 'fan the flames,' and the committee will be vindicated in the end."

Again, we'll have to wait until 2020 to see if any of this comes true. What a great time window Browne has given herself. If one is investigating the death of a Vice President, what would be considered a "pleasant surprise"?


"I predict we can truly say 'goodbye' to the common cold in 2009 or 2010. The solution to the common cold involves heat. Keep in mind that the body's first response when we develop a cold is to come down with a fever. Many doctors today no longer rush to push patients to take temperature reducing medications when they come down with a fever, unless the fever is dangerous. They feel the immune system is the patient's best medicine and should be given a chance to fight back. So as the immune system fights a cold with heat, the cure for the common cold certainly may lie in this first signal to heal."

According to the Mayo Clinic the symptoms of cold might include a low-grade fever. According to WebMD a fever would indicate the flu not a cold. Again, Browne is not very specific. Is it a low-grade fever or a high fever, Sylvia? It's almost the end of 2010 and the cold is still around. Is this a failure? Lets wait until January 1st, 2011 and see.


"I predict that a small cubicle will become available in doctor's offices sometime in 2009 and it will be heated to a very precise temperature. There may be a special vapor placed into the cubicle. Patients will stand in the cubicle for approximately five minutes and the rhinitis germ will be destroyed."

I see no evidence that this "prediction" was accurate. I call this one a miss.


"Another wonderful bit of good news on the health front with this discovery - since this cubicle can easily take on the rhinitis germ, many people that have breathing problems with allergies and asthma complications will find some breakthroughs as well. We will see this cubicle discovery used for healing for those with breathing disorders. The cubicle will become available in 2009 or 2010."

There is no evidence that this "cubicle" has come to fruition. This "prediction" looks like a miss to me.

"I predict hypnotic past-life regression will become available through a group of trained psychologists on both the east and west coasts of the U.S.A. in 2009. It will prove to be quite a success and will be widely practiced by 2011."

Once again, I see no evidence of this coming to fruition. I call this one a miss, too. If you would like to read more about hypnosis and past life regression go here and here.


Well, that does it for 2011. Lets look forward to what Browne will "predict" for 2012 and beyond!



Further Reading:

Predictions for 2009: Sylvia Browne Can't Lose

"Psychic" Article from The Skeptic's Dictionary

Michael A. Stackpole: How to Comminicate Skepticism to the Public

Michael A. Stackpole from TAM 5.5 from JREF on Vimeo.




Michael A. Stackpole is a podcaster, best-selling science fiction writer, author of the "Pulling Report" which debunks myths about the harmful effects of role playing games, and a long-time activist skeptic. In this fun and informative talk from The Amaz!ing Meeting 5.5, he tells us how to effectively communicate our skeptical message through mainstream media, blogging, or through conversation with friends and family.

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