Arthur C. Clarke: use your imagination to see the future

Prophecy

Summary: Arthur C. Clarke warns about the "Hazards of Prophecy". In part 2 he warns about confident forecasts declaring an innovation to be impossible, and gives some stunning examples of scientists' failure to imagine the near future. It's an important lesson to remember as a new industrial revolution begins. "Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination" … Continue reading Arthur C. Clarke: use your imagination to see the future

Arthur C. Clarke warns us about bold confident predictions

Sailing into the Future

Summary: Arthur C. Clarke warns about the "Hazards of Prophecy." Don't take those predictions about 2018 & beyond too seriously. Especially the gloomy ones about technological stagnation, with so many signs that a new industrial revolution has begun. We're sailing into an unknown future.   "Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Nerve" By Arthur C. … Continue reading Arthur C. Clarke warns us about bold confident predictions

Disturbing research about the use of “narratives” in climate science papers

Summary: A new paper provides valuable information about climate science -- evidence of the politicization that helped collapse the public policy debate. The authors conclude that narratives are "used to positive effect" in peer-reviewed papers. It puts science on the slippery slope to becoming propaganda (or, in today's jargon, "fake news"). Scientists achieve career success but destroy the … Continue reading Disturbing research about the use of “narratives” in climate science papers