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Is God a Futurist?

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After reading the title of this blog, you may well be asking two questions: “Who is God?” and “What is a futurist?”

The foreign policy of regime change can trigger World War 3

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It’s September, 2099. Time Magazine is bringing out a 21st Century Retrospective issue which will hit the newsagents and book stores worldwide in December. The senior news editor has commissioned a leading historian, Dr Joe White, head of the Stanford department of history, to write a political overview for the news magazine’s special edition.

Googling the Future: a Review of The New Digital Age

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The New Digital Age, co-written by the Executive Chairman of Google and the Director of Google Ideas, is food for the futurist because it contains several revealing predictions, some of which will be evaluated in this review.

The Dual World Loop: An Emerging Driver of the Future

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An idea clicked into place, while reading Eric Schmidt’s recently released book The New Digital Age, that much of our behavior today is shaped by the convergence and interface between the digital and physical worlds.

Figure 1 Dual World Loop

Stepping Stones to the Stars: the Space Science of Buzz Aldrin

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Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut who stepped onto the moon with Neil Armstrong in the historic lunar landing of 1969, deserves to be hailed as an honorary global futurist for his visionary work in preparing and planning for the ultimate human settlement of Mars.

The royal baby is not the sign of a progressive long-term future for the United Kingdom

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The monarchy is probably bad for Britain’s long-term social future. Human societies evolve towards increased degrees of freedom and equality before the law. Feudalism is gone. Legal slavery has gone. Women’s equal rights have arrived, along with the spread of education for all. Democracy is incubating throughout the world. Free access to information has accelerated under the impetus of internet.

Futurists and Futurizens

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As I futurist, I’m in love with the future but you don’t have to be qualified in the discipline of futures studies to be a citizen of the future.

I enjoy meeting people who dream of, and think a lot about, the future. Conversations about the future with them are one of the most rewarding and fascinating aspects of the life of a futurist.

The Sunset of the Alchemy of Uncertainty

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“Thus the centre of the system of the world is immovable.”
Isaac Newton Principia Mathematica (Book 111) (1687)

Scientific Futuring

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“Observation informs us about the past and the present; reason foretells the future.”
Hans Reichenbach, The Rise of Scientific Philosophy (1951)

Nothing epistemologically exotic needs to be conjured up in order to develop a scientific method for studying the future. Futurology would simply hold itself accountable to customary disciplines of scientific thought.

Regularity and predictability: piecing together the “unseen unknown” of the future

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How much of what happens in nature, so admired by scientists from Galileo to Poincaré, conforms to its known rules? And, for futurists, how much of the future is written into nature’s rulebook?

“If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing,
and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.”

Henri Poincaré, The Foundations of Science (1913)

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