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false prophet of my youth
on 7 July 1997
This was one of the most influential books of
my youth in the 60s. I accepted it as truth.
The alleged success of Edgar Cayce's remote
healing led me to accept his other claims about
the mystical nature of human life, reincarnation,
etc. The book made many specific predictions
about future geological and political events for
the crucial years 1958 to 1998. Alas, as I reread
my old copy of this book, none of the predictions
have come to pass. I am forced to conclude that
Edgar Cayce was not at all omniscient, was in
fact just another human with no pipeline to universal knowledge. I have no further reason to accept his statements about the nature of life and death. In fact, I have become a total skeptic on all things mystical. It will be interesting to me to see how the total failure of all the specific predictions is treated in a new edition of the book, I imagine there is a lot of tortured logic. Anyway, I gave him a 30 year test and he failed.