Want to see into the future? We’d all like to, and experts do their best to forecast what’s to come. But, still, even they can get it wrong...like, really wrong. From “the population bomb” to the Y2K scare, Freethink presents an original series about the bad predictions of the future made by some of our brightest minds throughout history. The world is complex and the future, well, it loves to surprise you...
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In 2006 bees started disappearing. Beekeepers reported to losing up to 90% of their beehives. And no one knew why. Nearly every news outlet raised the alarm, warning of an imminent beepocalypse that would devastate our food supply. But while alarm bells rang, things turned around. And bee colonies are now at a 20 year high. How did we get the beepocalypse so… wrong?
In the heart of cold and flu season, it's natural to reach for the Vitamin C. But we may want to think twice. While it has ballooned into a billion dollar business and crystallized as an all-powerful supplement in our collective conscious, countless studies have showed that Vitamin C’s ability to cure is questionable at best, and may even increase your risk for certain diseases. Did we all really get Vitamin C totally...wrong?
Much of our shared understanding about drugs and addiction came from a series of studies done in the 1950s and 60s on lab rats. But a skeptical researcher has designed his own study that involves, well... essentially an amusement park for rats, and the surprising results may show that everything we think we know about addiction is all… wrong.
To address rising health problems in the 1980s, scientists and policymakers developed the US Food Pyramid to encourage healthy eating. But despite a massive public education campaign, obesity and diabetes continued to rise. What happened? How did we get it so… wrong?
In the months and days leading up to the year 2000, many grew alarmed that a computer bug would collapse networks and bring down economies and global stability in its wake. Did we narrowly avoid the apocalypse because of some world-saving last minute de-bugging? Or was the worldwide panic just way off base?
As scientists began to develop in-vitro fertilization in the ‘70s for parents struggling to have a baby, experts and media piled on with frightening predictions that almost stopped the invention that has helped millions of families today dead in its track.
A pervasive fear of overpopulating the world swept America and other countries in the late 1960s and ‘70s, but a revolution in food production turned predictions of a population bomb into a worldwide boom.