Re: sci.anthro ???

Marc W.D. Tyrrell (
Fri, 25 Aug 1995 00:25:15 GMT

In article <> (C.V. Kimbrell) writes:
>From: (C.V. Kimbrell)
>Subject: Re: sci.anthro ???
>Date: Wed, 23 Aug 1995 01:36:09 -1000

>Although I've never really been a fan of sci-fi, recently I started
>reading Isaac Asimov's "the foundation trilogy" in which one of the early
>characters develops the science of 'psychohistory'.

I always liked Asimov's Foundation trilogy <grin>. I think I first read it
when I was 8 or 9.

>Any comments on whether we are heading in that direction?

I suspect that, in alimited way, we are. One of the reasons is that we know
have the computational technology. BTW, if you are interested, take a look at
Michael Flynn's "In The Country of the Blind" for another really good sf story
dealing with this, although it ties in much better with sociology and

As to the direction, yes. As I mentioned, in part this is from the
availability of computational power. A second reason is that the technology of
forecasting is now accepted and used by many organizations and has, in some
ways, become a self fulfilling prophecy.

Marc W.D. Tyrrell
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