vintermann wrote:Perhaps this should go in the speculation thread, but maybe predictamancy is a bit like in dune? By observing the future, maybe you force it to happen.
The central point of the novels going up to God Emperor of Dune, is that Muad'Dib foresaw a future where mankind would be erased in the relatively short term, but he also saw the awful alternative to that (besides the the mega-Jihad). He refused it, but his son, the worm eventually went for an horrid version of it (the Golden Path) avoiding that future. In Dune prescience didn't work if particular kind of people were involved (Guild navigators and others after the Golden Path) so courses of action weren't always clear, the possible futures branched whenever those people were involved in the action you were trying to predict.
There are obvious limits to predictamancy. If you put two guys and an almond and ask the predictamancer which one of the guys you will be ordering to eat the almond, the only option to make a prediction work is that both of them will fall dead if you order any of them to eat it.