Predictions and Premonitions

In the October issue of New English Review, Theodore Dalrymple thinks back to a gypsy fortune teller from his childhood and ponders the best way to measure the probability of premonitions turning out to be true.

I remember three of her predictions for me, and I do not even remember whether she made any others. She said I would be educated, travel a lot and die at the age of eighty-four.

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