The Future: A Very Short Introduction
系列: Very Short Introductions
出版社: Oxford University Press; 1 (2017年6月1日)
产品尺寸及重量: 110 x 174 x 10mm | 144g
From the beginning of time, humans have been driven by both a fear of the unknown and a curiosity to know. We have always yearned to know what lies ahead, whether threat or safety, scarcity or abundance. Throughout human history, our forebears tried to create certainty in the unknown, by seeking to influence outcomes with sacrifices to gods, preparing for the unexpected with advice from oracles, and by reading the stars through astrology. As scientific methods improve and computer technology develops we become ever more confident of our capacity to predict and quantify the future by accumulating and interpreting patterns from the past, yet the truth is there is still no certainty to be had.
In this Very Short Introduction Jennifer Gidley considers some of our most burning questions: What is "the future?" Is the future a time yet to come? Or is it a utopian place? Does the future have a history? Is there only one future or are there many possible futures? She asks if the future can ever be truly predicted or if we create our own futures -both hoped for and feared - by our thoughts, feelings, and actions, and concludes by analyzing how we can learn to study the future.
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Jennifer Gidley is an Australian futurist, author, psychologist and educator. She is a global thought leader and advocate for human-centred futures in an era of hi-tech hype and hubris. As former President of the World Futures Studies Federation (2009-2017), a UNESCO and UN partner and global peak body for futures studies, she led a network of hundreds of world leading futures scholars and researchers from around the globe.
An Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS, Sydney, she has worked as an academic in three other Australian universities, including the Swinburne University MSc (Strategic Foresight). She holds research fellowships in Europe.
Jennifer is a prolific author of dozens of academic papers, serves on several academic boards, and most recently authored The Future: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2017) & Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures (Springer, 2016).