Acknowledgement of problems now can be the first
step towards averting bigger problems for our children - and
of Hawaii's Research Center for Futures Studies puts it
Each of us has a role in the construction of whatever
futures do come to pass. Humans have never before had more
influence over the future of our environment, our biology,
and indeed, of all life. This influence is a powerful force
in the construction of our future... Futures Studies encourages
the contemplation of many possible futures, and facilitates
dialogue between groups with competing or conflicting visions.
It seeks to transform the self-centered world of today
into futures-oriented cultures for tomorrow.
Phrenicea is a fatidic scenario predicting the ultimate outcome
of the Internet and biotechnology revolutions, which in turn
affects all aspects of "post-postmodern" life. It is a
fictionalized account of what will occur within the
21st century. The Phrenicea Primer provides
a broader introduction to the "Phrenicea Vision." In addition,
the site's progenitorial short story written "way back" in 1999,
The Engagement of Phrenicea, is available via download.
the study of the past, there's no concrete data from the
future to work with.'
It should be acknowledged here that we cannot predict the
future with any certainty. Pondering the future is neither
art nor science, and the pursuit is not an easy one. Everyone
is qualified - and no one is qualified. Who could have predicted
the Web phenomenon just ten years ago? And too, there is no
immediate reward. Time is always a prerequisite to determining
success. Only time will tell if our tongue-in-cheek catchphrase,
"Chronicling the Future," has any credence!
You are invited to become familiar with the Phrenicea scenario
and to Visit Your Future« frequently at
the Phrenicea Web site to debate its course.
More importantly, it is hoped that by pondering
the future you will be energized to have a hand in steering
it by becoming more actively involved within the present.
The Future It's
All In Your Head! SM