Prophecy, Science, and Fake News, Oh My!
|The Deluge, by John Martin, 1834. Oil on canvas.|
A depiction of Noah's Ark
- one who utters divinely inspired revelations
- one gifted with more than ordinary spiritual and moral insight
- one who foretells future events
- an effective or leading spokesman for a cause, doctrine, or group
- an inspired utterance of a prophet
- the function or vocation of a prophet
- prediction of something to come
In religion, a false prophet is one who falsely claims the gift of prophecy or divine inspiration, or who uses that gift for evil ends. Often, someone who is considered a "true prophet" by some people is simultaneously considered a "false prophet" by others, even within the same religion as the "prophet" in question. The term is sometimes applied outside religion to describe someone who fervently promotes a theory that the speaker thinks is false.
Consider your "Case Study" readings and what you have learned over the course of the semester.
- How can the article in New York Magazine be considered prophecy, fake news or perhaps just a demonstration of a post-truth era?
- Using this framework, why might Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA reply to the release of the new climate science report by the US Global Climate Change Research Program by stating,
“Obviously the climate is changing and has always changed, [and] humans contribute to that. Measuring with exact precision is very challenging,” he told USA Today. “So I think the report [is] good to encourage an open dialogue on this.”Responses should be about 300 words and due the last class day, November 30th by 11:59pm.