Back What is Phrenicea?
Pronounced fren-EEE-shuh, it is a vision of our future - a 21st-century prophecy predicting the ultimate outcome of the Internet and biotechnology revolutions. This site is intended to present the Phrenicea« vision of the future as well as provide a focal point for a lively exchange of ideas concerning the future as well as the all-important, trend-setting present. The name Phrenicea is a contraction of the words phrenic (of the mind) and panacea (cure all).

Visit your Future« - and more! Here's an overview of what you will find as you point-and-click your way through the Phrenicea Web site:

  • The Phrenicea Scenario - Begin with the Phrenicea Primer and then delve into the various individual topics.
  • Chiphead - An exposÚ on human hubris and egotism.
  • H2Ouch! - Current concerns about our fresh water supply.
  • Hot Topic! - Concerns about global warming.
  • Two Cents! - Ongoing debate over current events and relevant topics.
  • Oops! - Former predictions that were way out; off base; and outright wrong!
  • On Target! - Current events that, at first glance, indicate that the Phrenicea Vision just might be "on target"!
  • Phrenicea Trivia Quiz - Test your knowledge of the Phrenicea scenario and Web site.
  • Egads! - Recent predictions even more pessimistic than ours!
  • Questions & Answers - and more!

Why bother to ponder the future?
Envisioning the future inevitably coaxes one to scrutinize the present. Unlike the
'Everyone is qualified — and no one is qualified — to predict the future.'

study of the past, there's no concrete data from the future to work with. The natural tendency therefore is to extrapolate from present trends. Often these trends are already steering towards conditions not in the best interests of the individual, society, or the environment - local or global.

Acknowledgement of problems now can be the first step towards averting bigger problems for our children - and theirs.

The University of Hawaii's Research Center for Futures Studies puts it succinctly:

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
'Unlike the study of the past, there's no concrete data from the future to work with.'
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.

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.

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The Future — It's All In Your Head! SM