1."When a distinguished but elderly scientist states something is possible, he is almost certainly right"."When he states that something is impossible he is very probably wrong".
2."The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible".
3."Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".
4."For every expert, there is an equal an opposite expert".
Sir Arthur C. Clarke's third law "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" came to my mind when I read about the prediction of the Russian academic Igor Panarin who predicted, almost a decade back, that the USA would break-up in 2010. He says that by the end of June,2010 or early July mass immigration, economic decline and moral degradation will trigger a civil war and the collapse of the dollar.
He first presented this theory in September,1998. When people did not believe him, he pointed out that the French political scientist Emmanuel Todd predicted the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1976, 15 years before its breakup.
Emmanuel Todd also predicted the breakup of the USA in his 2001 book "After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order".
American clairvoyant Jean Dixon, French seer Nostradamus and the famous numerologist Cherio had predicted the partition of India.
Therefore, on one hand we have economist and sociologists who have predicted the breakup of nations and on the other hand there are people who practice occult sciences and have made similar predictions. Does the mean that a modern day science like Economics and the ancient day science like Astrology converge at a point?
Taking the prediction of Igor Panarin forward I refer to the article in The Time of India (Bangalore Edition - 17th April,2009 - page 14) with the headline " Don't Mess with Texas; it will secede from the US". According to this article Texas Governor has invoked the secession argument during an agitation against the federal economic policies.
There are many websites on astrology which indicate that the USA may go through troubled times from 2008 till the year 2012. Have you heard of John Titor - the time traveller from 2036 AD who left indications of the future on message boards in the years 2000 & 2001. Hoax or not, John Titor predicted in 2000/2001 about a civil war in the USA in 2008.
Igor Panarin has a similar predictions with a little different time frame.
Will astrological and economic predictions converge in this case? It is not in anybody's interest for this prediction to come true. Therefore, I hope that these predictions do not turn out the way it is described.
However,finally,only time will tell.