No, a 1981 Novel Didn’t Predict Coronavirus (But Here’s Why You Think it Did)

As COVID-19 doomsday theories spread faster than the virus itself, it’s important for us to understand the ways in which our reasoning is susceptible to error.

From the Bible to a 1981 science fiction novel, it’s a little surreal to consider how past texts may have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic. But don’t worry: they didn’t.

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