- Hardcover: 508 pages
- Publisher: Oakhill Press (September 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1886939098
- ISBN-13: 978-1886939097
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,470,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coates is a regular feature at World Future Society conferences. Last year I heard him give an 8-part lecture series last year on scenarios of life and business in 2025, and later bought the cassette series.
Now he and his colleagues have brought out the book on the subject. It taps the worlds of science, technology, and engineering to look at the thirty year period of 1995 to 2025. Written in the form of a history book in 2025, Coates gives fifteen scenarios which reflect what life will be like in the United States as well as other societies (both affluent and less prosperous).Read more ›
This is not to say that efforts to predict or at least understand future developments are unimportant or misguided. The anticipation, if not prediction, of future developments is important in that what is predicted can actually have an affect on a what actually happens in the time frame at issue. Indeed, the branch of learning theory called `anticipatory systems' is concerned with the extent to which the results of modeling or predictions can influence the time evolution of a particular system. The results in this theory have had only limited influence on forecasting in the popular or semi-popular literature, as this book is clearly an example of.Read more ›