Futurehype: The Tyranny of Prophecy
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Titel: Futurehype: The Tyranny of Prophecy
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Charting the rise of futurologists and the increasingly powerful roles they are playing in our society, Max Dublin makes clear the appeal that futurology has for us as a way of minimizing our anxieties. But oon a far more dangerous level, Dublin traces the profound effect the institutionalization of prophecy is having on the military, our educational system and health care system. He notes that our overwhelming willingness to be guided by futurologists with their own agendas is in fact narrowing our choices for the future and locking us into a present that is at best increasingly bland and mediocre, and at worst, harmful.From Publishers Weekly:
Most of the predictions made by futurists, self-proclaimed pundits and trend-spotters turn out to be false, charges Dublin. In a masterful and enjoyable debunking of the pretensions of crystal gazers in all fields, this University of Toronto sociologist administers a sound drubbing to Buckminster Fuller, Henry Kissinger, Arthur Clarke, John Naisbitt, Herman Kahn, New Age sage Stewart Brand and others whose prophecies have, in Dublin's reckoning, proved misleading or false. His targets include artificial-intelligence gurus who hype a "computer revolution" in the classroom, the Reagan administration's "simplistic, debilitating" supply-side economics and nuclear strategists who put forth dire prophecies to justify military buildup. He lambastes forecasters in the oil industry, health-care technocrats, nuclear-fusion advocates and apostles of a "post-industrial society" supposedly run on a flow of information and services. With a wealth of examples, Dublin drives home his message that false predictions act like false promises, lulling us into a sense of inevitability and causing us to act in self-defeating ways.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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