The Study of the Future: An Introduction to the Art and Science of Understanding and Shaping Tomorrow's World

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Edward Cornish
Transaction Publishers, 1977. jan. 1. - 307 oldal
This unique reference work - the companion volume to The Study of the Future- is designed to make the tools of future studies accessible to the general public as well as to professional futurists. Here for the first time in a single, convenient format are the organizations, individuals, books and periodicals, current research projects, educational programs, films, audio-tapes, and other resources that can help anyone concerned with exploring alternatives for the future.

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Cornish proposes a professionalization of futures study -- developing a "science of forecasting" -- as a solution to the terrors and foreboding attitudes. He describes the modern futurist movement ... Teljes értékelés elolvasása

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Realities and Bugaboos
21
The Shape of Things to Come
40
The Discovery of the Future
51
How the Future Became Foreboding
68
A New Attitude Toward the Future
78
iii
87
Basic Principles of Futurism
93
Methods for Studying the Future
103
Futuristics in Practice With Case Histories
188
The Coming Revolution in Education
209
The Uses of the Future
217
A World of Utopias
229
FutureOriented Organizations and Periodicals
237
A Field in Search of a Name
254
Notes
283
Index
301

Futurists and Their Ideas
127

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62. oldal - ... For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see, Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be; Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails, Pilots of the purple twilight, dropping down with costly bales; Heard the heavens fill with shouting, and there rained a ghastly dew From the nations...
59. oldal - The rapid progress true science now makes occasions my regretting sometimes that I was born so soon. It is impossible to imagine the height to which may be carried, in a thousand years, the power of man over matter.
65. oldal - As all the living forms of life are the lineal descendants of those which lived long before the Silurian epoch, we may feel certain that the ordinary succession by generation has never once been broken, and that no cataclysm has desolated the whole world. Hence we may look with some confidence to a secure future of equally inappreciable length. And as natural selection works solely by and for the good of each being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection.
62. oldal - Nobody, however, who has paid any attention to the peculiar features of our present era, will doubt for a moment that we are living at a period of most wonderful transition, which tends rapidly to accomplish that great end, to which, indeed, all history points — the realization of the unity of mankind.
55. oldal - The end of our foundation is the knowledge of causes, and secret motions of things; and the enlarging of the bounds of human empire, to the effecting of all things possible.
22. oldal - I do not wish to seem overdramatic, but I can only conclude from the information that is available to me as Secretary-General that the Members of the United Nations have perhaps ten years left in which to subordinate their ancient quarrels and launch a global partnership to curb the arms race, to improve the human environment, to defuse the population explosion, and to supply the required momentum to world development efforts.
60. oldal - O that moral science were in as fair a way of improvement! that men would cease to be wolves to one another, and that human beings would at length learn what they now improperly call humanity!
62. oldal - Gentlemen — the Exhibition of 1851 is to give us a true test and a living picture of the point of development at which the whole of mankind has arrived in this great task, and a new startingpoint from which all nations will be able to direct their further exertions.
66. oldal - But, on the other hand, the only possible adjustment which we can give to the child under existing conditions, is that which arises through putting him in complete possession of all his powers. With the advent of democracy and modern industrial conditions, it is impossible to foretell definitely just what civilization will be twenty years from now. Hence it is impossible to prepare the child for any precise set of conditions.
161. oldal - Leibniz; but the thing — the metaphysic that recognizes a divine Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds; the psychology that finds in the soul something similar to. or even identical with, divine Reality; the ethic that places man's final end in the knowledge of the imminent and transcendent Ground of all being — the thing is immemorial and universal.

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