The Controversial Legacy of Nostradamus: Prophet or Fraud?

TLDR Nostradamus, a 16th-century physician and astrologer, gained fame for his cryptic prophecies in the form of quatrains. While some believe his predictions accurately foresaw major historical events, others argue that his writings lack meaningful interpretation and are based on poor translations.

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00:00 Nostradamus and his writings are the subject of this episode, exploring whether he was a prophet or a fraud.
02:00 Nostradamus, whose real name was Michel de Nostradame, had a well-rounded education and developed innovative techniques for treating the plague in the 16th century.
03:46 Nostradamus gained popularity and a following through his successful almanacs and astrology readings, leading to his publication of a series of cryptic prophecies in the form of quatrains, which caught the attention of Catherine de Medici and eventually landed him a position as the physician to her son, King Charles IX of France.
05:32 Nostradamus wrote 1,000 quatrains, with 942 surviving, many of which were not original and were taken from other sources such as classical literature and contemporary astrologers, and it wasn't until almost a hundred years after his death that his use of these sources came to light.
07:18 Nostradamus' quatrains, which often deal with disasters and calamities, have been interpreted by enthusiasts to predict major events throughout history, including the rise of Hitler, the French Revolution, landing on the moon, the September 11th attacks, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy, although they are worded vaguely and can be interpreted in multiple ways.
09:02 Nostradamus' quatrains, including the one often associated with Hitler, lack meaningful interpretation and most of the popularity of Nostradamus has come from poor translations made after the Second World War.
10:44 Nostradamus' predictions, including those about 9-11 and COVID, were fake and his writing is vague and lacks substance, as demonstrated by the failure of the predictions in the 1981 movie "The Man Who Saw Tomorrow" to hold up over time.
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