What Happens when Cult Predictions Fail

Dimes and Judas discuss the book “When Prophecy Fails” and the case of The Seekers, a UFO rapture cult from the 1950s that predicted the end of the world by flooding and their rescue by an ancient benevolent alien intelligence. The study explores the history of the group – the sequence of predictions that brought them relative fame and what occurred to both the group dynamics and the mental state of the individuals when the predictions failed to materialize – drawing broad parallels with modern movements.

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