As he prepares his course on the philosophy of Homer Simpson, Dr. John Donaldson continues to make a name for himself. The Glasgow University philosophy professor recently revealed to Business Insider why The Simpsons manages to always predict the future so accurately. He says in the interview:
"Coincidences happen. The Simpsons set out to make a joke about Donald Trump because it seemed so ridiculous, and it just so happened that political circumstances changed to the point that someone like Trump could become president"
"Life imitates art, and this certainly isn't the first example of life imitating art." Maybe The Simpsons is responsible for today's interest in cryogenics? Pretty impressive for cartoon characters!
Instead of seeing the Springfield citizens as psychics and clairvoyants, Donaldson believes the show's fans experience real life by associating news with fiction. Other works have been considered premonitory, such as George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. It's a bit disappointing, we were really hoping the show's writers had a crystal ball or something.
The Simpsons are currently airing their 28th season.