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  • Jennifer M. Gidley

Abstract

The Introduction highlights some of the tensions one might expect when reading about the future, most notably between scientific prediction and ungrounded speculation. It discusses the many ways to name the study of the future, whether the future is a time or a place, and the quest to tame time through clocks and calendars. It steers a course between Malthusian doomsday catastrophes and the panorama of Cornucopian techno-optimism. While we may feel we are locked into a worrying future that we cannot escape from, learning about different ways to think about the future gives us more choice and empowers us to create alternative futures from the myriad possibilities out there.

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