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Exploring the Future in Pragmatic Ways  Our "prefrontal obsession with prediction - from astrology and tea leaves to national security forecasts and stock market analysis -- propels the nascen field of "futurology." But  are we just the latest wave of hokum-spreading con artists?
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Deep thinkers about human nature start with assumptions. Freud focused on sexual trauma and repression, Marx on the notion that humans combine rational self-interest with inter-class predation. Machiavelli offered scenarios about power relationships. Ayn Rand postulates that the sole legitimate human stance is solipsism. All are a priori suppositions based on limited and personally biased observations rather than any verified fundamental. Each writer "proved" his point with copious anecdotes. But, as Ronald Reagan showed, anecdotes prove nothing about generalities, only about possibilities. In fact, while the models of Freud, Marx, and Machiavelli (also Madison, Keynes, Hayek, Gandhi etc.) attracted followers, I think a stronger case can be made for tribalism as a driver of history. In this essay, I ask: What might tribalism tell us about human nature, that was missed by Marx and Freud and Rand etc., in their post-literacy myopia? What traits seem to be shared both by tribal and “civilized” societies?
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The ( lack of ? ) "sousveillance" you are about to talk about in your next post, of course ! - I'm thinking of peer review turned on its head as filibustering thst leads to a race to the ground.
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Future Fantastic: Did Isaac Asimov predict Facebook, Google, Wikipedia and Youtube?
It was in an essay called ‘Future Fantastic’ and was published in 1989.
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These twenty sites explore the SCALE of the cosmos and help you to visualize the immensity out there... and within our atoms.  We've come a long way since "Powers of Ten!"  These amazing visuals will knock your socks off... and give you a greater appreciation of this amazing universe.  
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The Art of Illusion: 6 #TEDTalks that will leave you doubting your own brain
How did David Blaine hold his breath for 17 minutes? Answers to this and other magical mysteries.
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An amazingly cogent, entertaining and totally on-target dissection of one of the greatest motion pictures of all time – GHOSTBUSTERS – by Moviebob (Bob Chipman).  I only rarely see a critic cover every single point that I would have made about a work of art. But Moviebob gets down to it, mailing why this is one of the greatest accomplishments in the history and cinema, and Ghostbusters is more pertinent than ever to our times. 
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August 16 will be Worldwide Wave Back at Surveillance Day. An ad-hoc and as-yet wannabe “event.” But hey, in keeping with my ethos in The Transparent Society. Let them (the elites who watch) know that we know they are watching. That we are unafraid.  And “waving” is just the beginning of our determination to look back via “sousveillance.” And if they are nice, innocent little elites? Why then, they have nothing to hide from us!
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From Mercury to Venus, Mars, Ceres, Pluto, and comets… It’s been an amazing year for space! 
What can space fans look forward to next year? Closely watched spacecraft are expected to start pumping out science, while private spaceflight companies have a number of launches on the books for 2015.
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This is fun: The fastest starships in the universe…
Which streaking starship has the greatest need for absolute speed?  Race inside to find out!
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Mind-blowing! Icy mountains on Pluto as high as the Rockies; chasms on Charon deeper than the Grand Canyon...
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If the moon were only 1 pixel: a ginormously accurate scale model of the solar system!! 
It would take about seven months to travel this distance in a spaceship. Better be some good in-flight entertainment. In case you're wondering, you'd need about 2000 feature-length movies to occupy that many waking hours. Sit back and relax. Jupiter is more than 3 times as far as we just ...
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Is Comet 67P alive? What will New Horizons see next Tuesday, when we -- (yes, we) -- swoop past Pluto, and who will get to name all the cool new stuff that living eyes will see, for the first time? And what are those mysterious things on Ceres? It's the greatest year in solar system exploration since the 1970s!  My mid-week posting shows you just how exciting it all truly is... for those with minds that are aliiiiive!
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It is extremely exciting. I find I keep wishing for more.
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Author of The Postman, Earth, Existence, The Uplift War, and The Transparent Society.
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Scientist, futurist and best-selling author. David Brin's novels include Earth, Existence, The Postman, and Kiln People, as well as Hugo Award winners Startide Rising and The Uplift War. The Transparent Society won a Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association.

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