Just been answering a questionnaire from Stephen McGrail for the upcoming Foresight Conference about the role of the futures field and how its perception can be enhanced.
This reminded me of a book that I reviewed during my foresight studies at Swinburne by a remote viewer of his views of the future. Remote viewing is the accessing of information via psychic means; information that is normally unavailable through ordinary means. Its been used by the US Government for the collection of intelligence information through their Stargate project. Remote viewing uses prescribed scientific protocols to ensure that the information is psychically obtained.
The book by Joseph McMoneagle predicts that the future will see the development of a science of futures studies. “The scientists who specialise in it will be called ‘vaticinationists.’ Their primary concern will centre on the evaluation of the impact of current-day conceptualising and how it might affect the future. The science will not gain sufficient prominence or have a broad effect on world decisions until after 2028. By then, it will be apparent that changes in one aspect of social behaviour have decisive effects on unrelated fields of endeavour.” I particularly like this description of vaticinationists – it closely describes my perspective on the field of futures studies. I concluded my essay with the line that:
While current students of futures studies can see this today, it may be that the paradigmatic strength of the current worldview requires time, and possible disruptive crises, for society to collectively listen and respond to current learned ‘vaticinationist’ viewpoints.
When someone asks me what I do, sometimes I tell them that I am a vaticinationist. It normally starts a good conversation!!