Nostradamus Argument

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Nostradamus: Clairvoyant or Unprophetic? According to the American Federation of Psychics and Mediums, extremely successful mediums can make up to five million dollars annually. Nostradamus was an alleged prophet of Italy during the 16th century. It is said that he predicted over one thousand events during the course of life, most of which can be found in his most famous work, Centuries. The mystery behind the fascinating predictions of Nostradamus can be summed up into two simple theories, was he an outstanding prophet, or fraud? While Nostradamus is well known for his surprisingly accurate predictions of tragedies, such as World War II and 9/11, there are a very few things that Nostradamus scholars agree on. Firstly, the prophet is born “Michel de Nostradame on December 14th 1503, in St. Remy de Provence”(“Nostradamus” The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy).When Nostradamus reached the age of 14, he left his home to study at the learning center at Avignon (“Nostradamus” UXL Biographies). During his studies there, he was often scolded for upholding the theory that the earth was round because the school was also a religious institution. Later in his life during medical school, he was nicknamed “Little Astrologer”. In this time period, astrology was widely studied, and was…show more content…
The reader can support the argument of his clairvoyance by examining the few of his predictions that have come true. The reader could also support the idea of Nostradamus being unprophetic by delving into the misinterpretations and false predictions. Either way, the mystery surrounding Nostradamus and his work Centuries is truly one for the ages. Steve Davidson provides great insight on the topic of forecasting, he said,"Forecasting future events is often like searching for a black cat in an unlit room, that may not even be
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