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How Did the Oracle at Delphi Really Prophesy?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:15 PM

The Oracle at Delphi is referenced throughout Greek myths and history. Supposedly she was rendered psychic by Apollo. Realistically, she was off her skull on gas that seeped out of the fissures of the temple in which she lived. Here is the scientific explanation for what caused this woman to utter her confused prophecies.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:04 PM

I remember hearing somewhere that the Oracles chewed on a plant that "aided" their "prophesying". I can't remember if we were told that in Greece or I read it somewhere later.


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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:11 AM

As the movie "300" told, it was a bunch of girls getting high saying random things and the priests explained it out and/or I'm looking at it like Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce. I think someone intelligent is planting thoughts in minds.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:18 AM

It wasn't the ramblings that people listened to. It was the priests' interpretations.


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Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:24 AM

They looked into this on 'Digging for The Truth'.  Quite interesting, IMO.  Gases coming up through fissures in a volcanic area is what was determined.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:16 AM

I like how no one here is actually addressing the issue... You are all just looking for a rational way that the oracle went into a altered state, but are flat out ignoring the fact that she could give true answers..

I'm not saying that she wasn't stoned off her ass... But the fact that she was able to divine answers that were reliable (at least far more often than not)... Even if it wasn't 100% accurate, it was still more than chance would say that she could get right.

Lets face it, you can smoke/drink/eat/snort almost anything, get ****ed up, and start trying to tell the future... But what percent of what would come out your mouth would be right? But at Delphi, she was right enough that she was considered reliable...


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:48 AM

They made stuff up.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:38 AM

View PostDracos Nightwolf, on 08 March 2013 - 05:16 AM, said:

I like how no one here is actually addressing the issue... You are all just looking for a rational way that the oracle went into a altered state, but are flat out ignoring the fact that she could give true answers..

I'm not saying that she wasn't stoned off her ass... But the fact that she was able to divine answers that were reliable (at least far more often than not)... Even if it wasn't 100% accurate, it was still more than chance would say that she could get right.

Lets face it, you can smoke/drink/eat/snort almost anything, get ****ed up, and start trying to tell the future... But what percent of what would come out your mouth would be right? But at Delphi, she was right enough that she was considered reliable...

Not believing in predicting the future is not an issue to be addressed. I personally don't believe it either. That has nothing to do with not addressing the issue.

The problem with these oracles is, that most of the time, Delphi included, they would say a whole lot of things but it was the priests that interpreted whatever was being said. Meaning that it was the priests that were "telling the future" in a way. And we all know that certain types of people wouldn't be afraid to make sure that the prophecy would come true, even if this meant they had to give a little shove, so to speak.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:41 AM

View PostDracos Nightwolf, on 08 March 2013 - 05:16 AM, said:

I like how no one here is actually addressing the issue... You are all just looking for a rational way that the oracle went into a altered state, but are flat out ignoring the fact that she could give true answers..

I'm not saying that she wasn't stoned off her ass... But the fact that she was able to divine answers that were reliable (at least far more often than not)... Even if it wasn't 100% accurate, it was still more than chance would say that she could get right.

Lets face it, you can smoke/drink/eat/snort almost anything, get ****ed up, and start trying to tell the future... But what percent of what would come out your mouth would be right? But at Delphi, she was right enough that she was considered reliable...


You have to take in mind that her interpertations of what the "high" people were so vauge and general that it could be applied to almost anything and taken in almost anyway, most likely the recipeants of the prophecy acted based upon their interpertation of the prophecy.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:35 AM

View PostDracos Nightwolf, on 08 March 2013 - 05:16 AM, said:

I like how no one here is actually addressing the issue... You are all just looking for a rational way that the oracle went into a altered state, but are flat out ignoring the fact that she could give true answers..

I'm not saying that she wasn't stoned off her ass... But the fact that she was able to divine answers that were reliable (at least far more often than not)... Even if it wasn't 100% accurate, it was still more than chance would say that she could get right.

Lets face it, you can smoke/drink/eat/snort almost anything, get ****ed up, and start trying to tell the future... But what percent of what would come out your mouth would be right? But at Delphi, she was right enough that she was considered reliable...

I'm sure she was considered reliable if her prophecy told what you wanted to hear.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:22 PM

View PostDracos Nightwolf, on 08 March 2013 - 05:16 AM, said:

I like how no one here is actually addressing the issue... You are all just looking for a rational way that the oracle went into a altered state, but are flat out ignoring the fact that she could give true answers.

Please provide us with evidence that any predictions from Delphi were actually true.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:48 PM

View Postglorybebe, on 08 December 2012 - 07:24 AM, said:

They looked into this on 'Digging for The Truth'.  Quite interesting, IMO.  Gases coming up through fissures in a volcanic area is what was determined.
Yea that's what I thought.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:50 PM

I think these ancient oracles worked like other soothsayers and fortunetellers worked then and now.  Read your customer and make interpretable predictions.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:09 PM

How they did it is well known.  The used this:

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:23 PM

Shakespeare, Henry VI part 2, act 1, sc. 4:

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The duke yet lives, that Henry shall depose;
But him outlive, and die a violent death.'
Why, this is just
'Aio te, AEacida, Romanos vincere posse.'







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